Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Abraham Lincoln (180965)
All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years.
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 (1953).