Friday, January 30, 2015

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 291

'I say now, however, as I have all the while said that on the territorial question -- that is, the question of extending slavery under the national auspices -- I am inflexible. I am for no compromise which assists or permits the extension of the institution on soil owned by the nation.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 290

 ‘I shall go just as fast and only as fast as I think I’m right and the people are ready for the step.’
- Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 289

'If A can prove however conclusively that he may of right enslave B why may not B snatch the argument and prove equally that he may enslave A? You say A is white and B is black. It is color then, the lighter having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule you are to be a slave to the first man you meet with a fairer skin than your own. You do not mean color exactly? You mean the whites are intellectually the superiors of the blacks and therefore have the right to enslave them? Take care again. By this rule you are to be the slave to the first man you meet with an intellect superior to your own. But say you it is a question of interest; and if you can make it your interest you have the right to enslave another. Very well. And if he can make it his interest he has the right to enslave you.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 288

'If any personal description of me is thought desirable I am in height, six feet four inches nearly; lean in flesh weighing on an average one hundred and eighty pounds; dark complexion with coarse black hair and gray eyes - no other marks or brands recollected.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 287

'If I had been allowed my way this war would have ended before this, but we find it still continues; and we must believe that God permits it for some wise purpose of his own, mysterious and unknown to us; and though with our limited understandings we may not be able to comprehend it, yet we cannot but believe, that He who made the world still governs it.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 286

'If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.'
- Abraham Lincoln