Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Horace Greeley (181172)
The Republic needed to be passed through chastening, purifying fires of adversity and suffering: so these came and did their work and the verdure of a new national life springs greenly, luxuriantly, from their ashes.
HORACE GREELEY, Greeley on Lincoln, ed. Joel Benton, pp. 7879 (1893). He is referring to the Civil War.