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[–] Zinnsee 5 points -4 points (+1|-5) ago 

“If a man is not a republican at twenty, it is because he has no heart, and if he is one at forty, it is because he has no brains.”

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[–] syntaxaxe 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

There's hardly a reason to use quotation marks if you're going to change the quote anyway.

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[–] Zinnsee 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

In 1916 a book about developments in Mexico by Francisco Bulnes attributed an instance of the saying to the celebrated French literary figure Victor Hugo:

One of the revolutionists, an honest, intelligent and perfectly sincere man, a real reformer, took up the well-known phrase of Victor Hugo: “If a man is not a republican at twenty, it is because he has no heart, and if he is one at forty, it is because he has no brains.” [1] [Footnote 1] Madero par una de sus intimos p. 144.