Posted by: texasaggie04 | January 30, 2008

Abraham Lincoln Quote of the Day

“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from

the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.” “

Abraham Lincoln

Source: December 26, 1839 – Speech on the Sub-Treasury in the Illinois House of Representatives

Example of how Lincoln’s will, that he developed through years of enduring great personal trials, became the saving grace of our country. More than 20 years before his presidency, Lincoln had the unflappable will that saved our great nation.

“Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what
he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will
do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly,
looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired.
The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing.”

Abraham Lincoln

Source: September 30, 1859 – Address before the Wisconsin State
Agricultural Society

Lincoln was entirely self educated and although he was brilliant, the fact that he did not attend an institution of higher learning caused many of his colleagues to regard him as an “unlettered log splitting hick”. Although he spoke with a high pitched accent of the frontier, he was a mesmerizing orator. He also said many profound things that were rooted in his experience as a self-made man who came from poor and humble beginnings. This quote can be thought of as a commentary on Lincoln’s rural upbringing and how he was not passionate about endless toil in the fields. However, I believe he was trying to convey that public service was what he was passionate about and that because of this passion, he had the tenacity and perseverance to take on the mantle of the presidency. An administration, that he knew would most likely result in Civil War.

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system

respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which

we as a people can be engaged in.”

Abraham Lincoln

Source: March 9, 1832 – First Political Announcement


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