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Quotation by Abraham Lincoln
Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. second inaugural address, Mar. 4, 1865. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 332, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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