At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. 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.
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Source Notes: Source: President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, address before the Young Mens Lyceum, Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 1, p. 109 .See also No. 334.
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party.
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