Pay the Fiddlerpithy wisdom from days of yore
It is an old maxim and a very sound one, that he that dances should always pay the fiddler. Now, sir, in the present case, if any gentlemen, whose money is a burden to them, choose to lead off a dance, I am decidedly opposed to the people’s money being used to pay the fiddler.
— Abraham Lincoln, Speech in the Illinois Legislature on the State Bank, January 11, 1837
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