Diane Kalas, Inspirational Historical Romance Author

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success." Quote by Henry David Thoreau




Sunday, February 12, 2012

President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday: February 12, 1809 - Died April 15, 1865

A few of President Lincoln’s quotes:
 To the voters of the Seventh Congressional District on the charge that he was an “open scoffer” at religion. July 31, 1846. ‘That I am not a member of any Christian church is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular. I do not think I could myself be brought to support a man for office whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion.”

Note on labor. September 17, 1859. “Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon human exertion and happiness is wonderful.”

Remarks to the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, November 1862. “So this is the little lady who made this big war? Whichever way it ends, I have the impression that I shan’t last long after it’s over.”

Remark to one of President Lincoln’s generals. No date. “Doesn’t it strike you as queer that I, who couldn’t cut the head off of a chicken, and who was sick at the sight of blood, should be cast into the middle of a great war, with blood flowing all about me?”

Letter to Henry Hoffman, October 10, 1864. "I wish all men to be free. I wish the material prosperity of the already free which I feel sure the extinction of slavery would bring. I wish to see, in process of disappearing, that only thing which ever could bring this nation to civil war.”

Source: Blaisdell, Bob, THE WIT AND WISDOM OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, New York, Dover Publications, 2005

2 comments:

Debby Lee said...

Hi Diane, thanks for sharing all the great quotes and info about Abraham Lincoln. I'm a big Civil War fan and I enjoyed reading your post.

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi Diane! I really enjoy your blog. I love Civil War time-period. Thank you for sharing the Lincoln quotes. Mega blessings and joy!