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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1594
AUTHOR: Horace Greeley (1811–72)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: HORACE GREELEY, Greeley on Lincoln, ed. Joel Benton, pp. 78–79 (1893). He is referring to the Civil War.
SUBJECTS: Republic