“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
“It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, 'And this, too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses How chastening in the hour of pride How consoling in the depths of affliction
“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
“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.
“...Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.
“We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory shall swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of nature.
“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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