Celebrating the 4th with A. Lincoln

Thursday, July 4, 2013

First of all, will someone make this for me? #offtopic #notGF #SorryB

To celebrate our wonderful country (and my completion of HALF of Team of Rivals - I will finish - it's so good!), I thought I'd pass along inspiring quotes from the book to ponder today.  Enjoy.

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. - Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln himself recognized that humor was an essential aspect of his temperament.  He laughed, he explained, so he did not weep.  He saw laughter as the "joyous, universal evergreen of life." His stories were intended "to whistle off sadness." (pg. 103)

Lincoln's abhorrence of hurting another was born of more than simple compassion.  He possessed extraordinary empathy - the gift or curse of putting himself in the place of another, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. (pg. 104)

Don't worry - these quotes are straight from the book.

Lincoln as described by the Chicago Press and Tribune: "Always clean, he is never fashionable; he is careless but not slovenly...In his personal habits, Mr. Lincoln is as simple as a child...his food is plain and nutritious.  He never drinks intoxicating liquors of any sort...He is not addicted to tobacco....If Mr. Lincoln is elected President, he will carry but little that is ornamental to the White House.  The country must accept his sincerity, his ability and his honesty...He may not preside at the Presidential dinners with...ease and grace...but he will not create the necessity for a congressional committee to investigate corruption in his administration." (pg. 265)

Though Lincoln desired success as fiercely as any of his rivals, he did not allow his quest for office to consume the kindness and openheartedness with which he treated supporters and rivals alike, nor alter his steady commitment to the antislavery cause. (pg. 256)

The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. - Abraham Lincoln

A Happy 4th to all and to all a good night!


  1. Good for you! Half done! I have yet to even pick it up but this just makes me want to read it all the more!

  2. Oh yes, please do. I'm surprised by how much I like it!


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