Abraham Lincoln. on his “do-gooder” faith:
When I do good. I feel good. When I do bad. I feel bad. That’s my faith.
Abraham Lincoln. on the importance of transparence in authorities:
What kills a rotter is the promotion it gives itself.
Abraham Lincoln. on the proper relation of God and worlds:
We trust. sir. that God is on our side. It is more of import to cognize that we are on God’s side.
Abraham Lincoln. reminding us that Rome was non built in a twenty-four hours. nor the concern of America finished by the acceptance of the Fundamental law:
“I leave you. trusting that the lamp of autonomy will fire in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a uncertainty that all work forces are created free and equal. ”
Abraham Lincoln. suggesting a common sense trial for true faith:
I care non much for a man’s faith whose Canis familiaris and cat are non the better for it.
Abraham Lincoln. on the proper attitude sing via media of basic rules:
Important rules may and must be inflexible.
the inquiry of widening the bondage under the national protections. –I am inflexible. I am for no via media which assists or permits the extension of the establishment on dirt owned by the state
The chance that we may neglect in the battle ought non to discourage us from the support of a cause we believe to be merely ; it shall non discourage me.
Abraham Lincoln. on the nature of conservativism:
What is conservativism? Is it non adherence to the old and tested. against the new and unseasoned?
Abraham Lincoln. on the primary beginning of his political thoughts:
I have ne’er had a feeling politically that did non spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
Abraham Lincoln. explicating that the mastermind of the Declaration of Independence was non something to be accomplished in a individual coevals:
It was non the mere affair of separation of the settlements from the fatherland ; but something in the Declaration giving autonomy. non entirely to the people of this state. but hope to the universe for all future clip. It was that which gave promise that in due clip the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all work forces. and that all should hold an equal opportunity. This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence.
Abraham Lincoln. on the hope of democracy:
Why should there non be a patient assurance in the ultimate justness of the people? Is at that place any better or equal hope in the universe?
Abraham Lincoln. on whether elections should be suspended in clip of war or national exigency ( like the Civil War ) :
We can non hold free authorities without elections ; and if the rebellion could coerce us to predate. or prorogue a national election. it might reasonably claim to hold already conquered and ruined us.
Abraham Lincoln. using the Golden Rule to slavery merely as we might use it to torment in our twenty-four hours:
I have ever thought that all work forces should be free ; but if any should be slaves. it should foremost be those who desire it for themselves. and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever I hear anyone reasoning for bondage. I feel a strong urge to see it tried on him personally.
Abraham Lincoln. on idealism and pragmatism refering American values:
We. even we here. keep the power and bear the duty. In giving freedom to the slave. we assure freedom to the free — honest likewise in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly salvage or nastily lose the last. best hope of Earth. Other agencies may win ; this could non neglect. The manner is obviously. peaceable. generous. merely — a manner which if followed the universe will forever applaud and God must everlastingly bless.
Abraham Lincoln. on what corrupts human existences. including Americans:
“Nearly all work forces can stand hardship. but if you want to prove a man’s character. give him power. ”
Abraham Lincoln. on where the gravest menaces to America shall come from:
At what point so is the attack of danger to be expected? I answer. if it of all time reach us. it must jump up amongst us. It can non come from abroad. If devastation be our batch. we must ourselves be its writer and its closer. As a state of freewomans. we must populate through all clip or dice by self-destruction.
Abraham Lincoln. on who it inspires him to read:
I ne’er tyre of reading Paine.
Abraham Lincoln. in his First Inaugural Address:
This state. with its establishments. belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall turn weary of the bing authorities. they can exert their constitutional right of amending it. or their radical right to dismember. or subvert it.
Abraham Lincoln. on why the American Revolution was a existent revolution. replacing power of. by. and for the people in topographic point of the “divine right” of male monarchs to govern:
Our Declaration of Independence has been copied by emerging states around the Earth. its subjects adopted in topographic points many of us have ne’er heard of. Here is this land. for the first clip. it was decided that adult male is born with certain God-given rights. We the people declared that authorities is created by the people for their ain convenience. Government has no power except those voluntarily granted it by the people. There have been revolutions before and since ours. revolutions that merely exchanged one set of swayers for another. Ours was a philosophical revolution that changed the really construct of authorities.
Abraham Lincoln. on humanity and virtuousness:
It has been my experience that folks who have no frailties have really few virtuousnesss.
Abraham Lincoln. on the kernel of public service as President:
I am. as you know. merely the retainer of the People.
Abraham Lincoln. on the American can-do attitude:
Determine that the thing can and shall be done. and so we shall happen the manner.
The Abraham Lincoln Address that needs no debut:
Four mark and seven old ages ago our male parents brought away on this continent. a new state. conceived in Liberty. and dedicated to the proposition that all work forces are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war. proving whether that state. or any state so conceived and so dedicated. can long digest. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to give a part of that field. as a concluding resting topographic point for those who here gave their lives that that state might populate. It is wholly fitting and proper that we should make this. But. in a larger sense. we can non give — we can non ordain — we can non consecrate — this land.
The courageous work forces. life and dead. who struggled here. have consecrated it. far above our hapless power to add or take away. The universe will little note. nor long retrieve what we say here. but it can ne’er bury what they did here. It is for us the life. instead. to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have therefore far so nobly advanced. It is instead for us to be here dedicated to the great undertaking staying before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotedness to that cause for which they gave the last full step of devotedness — that we here extremely resolve that these dead shall non hold died in vain — that this state. under God. shall hold a new birth of freedom — and that authorities of the people. by the people. for the people. shall non die from the Earth.
Happy Birthday. February 12. Abraham Lincoln. Let’s take a Russian who had no cause nor need to make across oceans to give congratulations. and allow Leo Tolstoy have the concluding comment on Lincoln:
The illustriousness of Napoleon. Caesar or Washington is merely moonlight by the Sun of Abraham Lincoln. His illustration is cosmopolitan and will last 1000s of old ages. … He was bigger than his state. bigger than all Presidents put together… and as a great character he will populate every bit long as the universe lives. –Leo Tolstoy