|From log cabin to White House, from poverty to the presidency, Lincoln
faced many obstacles, political and private.
Never Give Up
by Diane Dew © 1998
"Take all this book upon reason that you can, and the balance
Abraham Lincoln, on The Bible
|Despite business failure, great personal
loss, rejection, political defeat, tremendous emotional stress, family crises
and severe financial difficulties, Abraham Lincoln ascended to the highest
position in this country: President of the United States.
From log cabin to White House, from poverty to the presidency, Lincoln faced many obstacles, political and private, but overcame them by faith and the determination to never give up.
Lincoln has long been remembered for his endurance in the face of adversity. President Roosevelt once said that Lincoln's life "preeminently and distinctly embod[ied] all that is most American in the American character ... not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life."
Consider the numerous political and personal challenges he confronted:
"...that this nation, under God,
... shall not perish from the earth."
November 19, 1863
|What was his secret?
"I have been driven many times to my knees," Lincoln said, "by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day."
Lincoln's humility may have led him to feel "insufficient" in wisdom but his words have been penned and reprinted over the span of several generations.
Following are some quotes from this man who rose to become the 16th President of the United States.
On Education: "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." Abraham Lincoln.
On Government: "This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
On Humor: "With the fearful strain that is on me night and day," Lincoln once sid, "if I did not laugh I should die."
On Law: "The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly."
On Morality: "The only assurance of our nation's safety is to lay our foundation in morality and religion.
On Motherhood: "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
On Parenting: "It is my pleasure that my children are free, happy and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents."
On People: "You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time."
On Political Office: "If ever this free people, if this government itself is ever utterly demoralized, it will come from this incessant human wriggle and struggle for office, which is but a way to live without work."
On Prayer: "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day."
On Religion: "I do not think I could myself be brought to support a man for office whom I new to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion."
On Right: "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."
On Scripture: "Take all this book upon reason that you can,
and the balance on faith."
On War: "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 bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every 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 judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'"
by Diane Dew © 1998
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