Abraham Lincoln: A House Divided, June 16, 1858
From Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches
Mr. President, and Gentlemen of the Convention.
We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation.
Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented.
In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”