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12 February 2010 @ 10:59 pm
Ten random things: February 12  

Ten Abraham Lincoln quotes:

  1. Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. - The Lyceum Address, 1838
  2. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, "You toil and work and earn bread, and I'll eat it." No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle. - Debate with Stephen Douglas, Alton, Illinois, 1858
  3. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. - Letter to Albert G. Hodge, 1864
  4. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. - Quoted in The Lexington Observer & Reporter, 1864
  5. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. - Speech at the Republican State Convention, Springfield, Illinois, 1858
  6. When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government — that is despotism. If the negro is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that "all men are created equal," and that there can be no moral right in connection with one man's making a slave of another. - Speech at Peoria, Illinois, 1854
  7. With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. - Second Inaugural Address, 1865
  8. May our children and our children's children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers. - Second Speech at Frederick, Maryland, 1862
  9. This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. - First Inaugural Address, 1861
  10. I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. - Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington, 1865

Today is the 201st anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Back when I was a student in Illinois, Lincoln's Birthday was a school holiday, but Washington's Birthday was not. It would seem that is still the case.

ebrookebebrookeb on February 14th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
FYI, today also happens to be the 2nd anniversary of the birth of my daughter. A good day all around, it would seem.
John Heaton: nieces and nephewsjheaton on February 15th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
I'll bet she's said her share of quotable things too!