Lincoln: 5 Great Quotes

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~ from “The Gettysburg Address” on November 19, 1863
“I know the American people are much attached to their Government; – I know they would suffer much for its sake; – I know they would endure evils long and patiently, before they would ever think of exchanging it for another. Yet, notwithstanding all this, if the laws be continually despised and disregarded, if their rights to be secure in their persons and property, are held by no better tenure than the caprice of the mob, the alienation of their affections from the Government is the natural consequence; and to that, sooner or later, it must come.” ~ from “Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois” on January 27, 1838
“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” ~ from “A House Divided” speech, given at the close of the Republican State Convention in Springfield, Illinois on June 16, 1858
“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be and one must be wrong. God cannot be for, and against the same thing at the same time.” ~ thoughts on the Divine will, ca. September 1862
“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.” ~ from his second inaugural address on March 04, 1865

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