Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

February 13, 2012

[caption id="attachment_597" align="aligncenter" width="472" caption="Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home 1811-1816, at Knob Creek in Hodgenville"]Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home 1811-1816, at Knob Creek in Hodgenville[/caption] [caption id="attachment_592" align="aligncenter" width="472" caption="Washington DC, District of Columbia, The Lincoln Memorial, designed by Henry Bacon, stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument"]Washington DC, District of Columbia, The Lincoln Memorial, designed by Henry Bacon, stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument[/caption] Abraham Lincoln Quotes My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. The assertion that "all men are created equal" was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run. With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. 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. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. Abraham Lincoln Quotes [caption id="attachment_593" align="aligncenter" width="236" caption="West Virginia, Charleston, State Capitol Building, Statue of Abraham Lincoln"]West Virginia, Charleston, State Capitol Building, Statue of Abraham Lincoln[/caption]

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