ABRAHAM LINCOLN [1809-1865] IN HIS OWN WORDS

  • AM2-00025I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.

Speech, Republican State Convention, Springfield, Illinois [June 16, 1858] 

  • Nobody has ever expected me to be president. In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting.

Second Campaign Speech against Douglas, Springfield, Illinois [July 17, 1858] 

  • As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.

Letter [August 1(?), 1858] 

  • Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Address, Cooper Union, New York [February 27, 1860] 

  • Trusting to Him who can go with me, and remains with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well.

Farewell Address, Springfield, Illinois [February 11, 1861] 

  • My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.

Letter to Horace Greeley [August 22, 1862] 

  • I shall try to correct errors where shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views as fast as they shall appear to be true views.

Letter to Horace Greeley [August 22, 1862] 

SOURCE: John Bartlett, FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS

Jakarta, 30 January 2014

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