Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. quoted in John Hay, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and Letters of John Hay, entry for Dec. 23, 1863;, ed. Tyler Dennett (1939).
Said in a dream in reply to one who had called Lincoln "common looking." Lincoln's words on this occasion have also been given as "The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is the reason He makes so many of them." (Quoted in James Morgan, Our Presidents, ch. 6, 1928.).