From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
Once Mary Todd's relatives learned of her [initial] engagement to Lincoln they pressured the couple to call the wedding off. The reason, clearly, was Lincoln’s lack of family respectability - he had an illiterate father and a mother of dubious origins. So he asked Mary to release him, which she did. She understood, but was obviously hurt. Although they eventually did marry later, at this time Lincoln was arguably more depressed than at any time in his life. 'I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth.'
‘When you invite your own personal demons in for a cup of coffee it is like breaking the sound barrier. Once that happens, POWER is yours – it is power nobody gave to you; it is power nobody can take from you!'
- Arnold Kunst