John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things SPECIAL EDITION!

Ten quotes by Abraham Lincoln:

  1. "Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it." — from an address at Cooper Institute, New York, February 27, 1860
  2. "Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars." — from an address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, January 27, 1838
  3. "And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons." — from the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863
  4. "No man is good enough to govern another man, without that other's consent. I say this is the leading principle — the sheet-anchor of American republicanism." — from a speech at Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854
  5. "The people's will, constitutionally expressed, is the ultimate will for all." — from response to a Serenade, October 19, 1864
  6. "If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." — from a speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1858
  7. "Bad promises are better broken than kept." — from Lincoln's last public speech, April 11, 1865
  8. "Resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer." — from Lincoln's notes for a law lecture, circa 1850
  9. "I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me." — from a letter to A. G. Hodges, April 14, 1864
  10. "I think the authors of [the Declaration of Independence] intended to include all men, but they did not intend to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say that all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral development, or social capacity. They defined with tolderable distinctness, in what respects they did consider all men created equal— equal in 'certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' This they said, and this they meant." — from a speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 26, 1857

Well, not that special, really. I just ran out of time to do it yesterday.


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