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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:735
AUTHOR:Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION:While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.
ATTRIBUTION:President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, first inaugural address (final text), March 4, 1861.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 4, p. 270 (1953).
SUBJECTS:Government
WORKS:Abraham Lincoln Collection
 
 
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