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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.
ATTRIBUTION: President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, response to a serenade, October 19, 1864.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 8, p. 52 (1953).
SUBJECTS: Government