Quotation by John Steinbeck

There used to be a thing or a commodity we put great store by. It was called the People. Find out where the People have gone. I don't mean the square-eyed toothpaste-and-hair-dye people or the new-car-or-bust people, or the success-and-coronary people. Maybe they never existed, but if there ever were the People, that's the commodity the Declaration was talking about, and Mr. Lincoln.
John Steinbeck (1902–1968), U.S. author. a political correspondent, in Travels With Charley: In Search of America, pt. 3 (1962).
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