Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Abraham Lincoln (180965)
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.
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 (1953).