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Quotation by Abraham Lincoln
If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. speech, Jan. 27, 1837, Springfield, Illinois. The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, ed. Roy P. Basler (1953).
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