Lessons From Lincoln
Our sixteenth President was a fountain of wisdom, anecdotes, homilies and sayings. As Barack Obama faces the remaining years of his term, his ears perhaps still ringing from the deafening "NO!" shouted by a hostile electorate, he could do worse than to consider these quotes from the country's first Republican, admittedly a man who never went to college, but who nevertheless managed to say a thing or two worth heeding, even today.
- That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
- If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.
- Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him
- You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
- Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
- Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
- If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
- This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
- We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
- With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
- You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
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