Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lincoln Jems 9

'Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lincoln Jems 8

'Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lincoln Jems 7

'I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Friday, June 24, 2016

Lincoln Jems 6

'Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lincoln Jems 5

'I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lincoln Jems 4

To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lincoln Jems 3

'The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lincoln Jems 2

'You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lincoln Jems 1

Draining the President’s attention and energy was a virtually endless stream of office seekers. ‘Too many pegs and not enough holes to put them in,’ he observed wryly. When Lincoln got back to Washington from the Gettysburg cemetery dedication he contracted a mild form of smallpox. Where were the office seekers, he quipped? Now he had something he could give everybody!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lincoln and Ambition 8

'I have no other goal so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed,' said Abraham Lincoln, age 23, in his very first election speech. If they elected him, he would regard it as a favor. If not, 'I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.'

Friday, June 10, 2016

Lincoln and Ambition 7

'No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and the loss of self-control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lincoln and Ambition 6

'Fellow citizens: I have been solicited by many friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet like the old woman's dance. I am in favor of the national bank; I am in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff. These are my sentiments and political principles. If elected I shall be thankful; if not it will all be just the same.'
- Abraham Lincoln [aged 23]

Monday, June 6, 2016

Lincoln and Ambition 5

For Lincoln ambition for a high station in life, as his law partner of nearly 20 years William Herndon put it, was 'a little engine that knew no rest.'

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Lincoln and Ambition 4

According to Lincoln’s senior partner at the time, right after he passed the bar exam, Lincoln’s ‘knowledge of the law was very small … but he would get a case and try to know all there was connected to it; and in that way he got to be quite a formidable lawyer.’

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lincoln and Ambition 3

 ‘Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed by my fellow man, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem’
- Abraham Lincoln