Happy 200th Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!
Some of my favorite quotes:
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
“Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar. ”
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
“The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.”
“The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.”
“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 exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”
“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.”
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
And perhaps, most poignantly:
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ”
May the Union that you fought so hard to preserve never be divided.