By Abraham Lincoln
"My politics are brief and candy, just like the outdated woman's dance." the main eloquent of yankee presidents, Lincoln had a sagacious or funny touch upon every little thing that mattered. This attractively designed and illustrated present booklet gains the good Emancipator's strategies and reviews on matters from politics to human nature to the burdens and privileges of the presidency.
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July 1846 Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind. —Remark to William H. ) . . if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of government. —Note for a lecture, c. July 1, 1854 The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot, so well do, for themselves—in their separate and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.
Remarks to two women from Tennessee asking for the release of their rebel husbands as prisoners of war, December 6, 1864 Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said: The judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
The institution of slavery is only mentioned in the Constitution of the United States two or three times, and in neither of these cases does the word “slavery” or “negro” occur; but covert language is used each time, and for a purpose full of significance. . and that purpose was that in our Constitution, which it was hoped and is still hoped will endure forever—when it should be read by intelligent and patriotic men, after the institution of slavery had passed from among us—there should be nothing on the face of the great charter of liberty suggesting that such a thing as negro slavery had ever existed among us.
Abraham Lincoln's Wit and Wisdom by Abraham Lincoln