Ami's SOA Lincoln Quote of the Day

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We all know of Mr. Lincoln's intelligence, his common sense, and his eloquence. What I'm going to attempt is to post a quote from him each day. This will be the first :

This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave.
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Letter to Henry Pierce, April 6, 1859
 
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“No, General Ripley, it is impossible for me to adopt and follow your suggestions. I deeply appreciate the feeling which has led you to urge them on me, but I must go on as I have begun in the course marked out for me; for I cannot bring myself to believe that any human being lives who would do me any harm.”
Richmond, VA. April 5, 1865 when general Edward Ripley informed Lincoln about a plot on the president's life.
 
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I'm going to post one more, that I particularly like, for today:

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
That is a simple version of the actual quote made by Lincoln in the January 27, 1838 Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois:

"Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years.

"At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide."
 

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We all know of Mr. Lincoln's intelligence, his common sense, and his eloquence. What I'm going to attempt is to post a quote from him each day. This will be the first :

This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave.
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Letter to Henry Pierce, April 6, 1859
Great idea!
 
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"My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of the Divine Being who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.' - Lincoln's Farewell to the People of Springfield, February 11, 1861
 
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Now, don't get me wrong ... I'm not a Lincoln was a saint guy. However, he is a bit like Shakespeare in that he wrote so much that was, well... Shakespearean. I don't see anybody since, really, who's body of work compares to what Lincoln said/wrote. He was a great man and I'll be looking forward to seeing future posted quotes.
 
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There is more involved in this contest than is realized by every one. There is involved in this struggle the question whether your children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed.
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Speech to the One Hundred Sixty-fourth Ohio Regiment, August 22, 1864
 
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