Quotable Lincoln

Dear Donald – 

You’re killing this social media thing. I saw your Instagram post celebrating Lincoln’s birthday. 


Just one tiny problem – Lincoln didn’t say that. It was Edward Stieglitz in 1947 – more than four score after Lincoln’s assassination. 

But I get the sentiment. You want to honor the great Republican who brought this country through the Civil War.  So I figured I’d give you some actual Lincoln quotes that you might want to use instead. 

“As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the abuse alloy of hypocrisy.”

“The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual capacities.”

“On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that ‘all men are created equal’ a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim ‘a self evident lie.'”

“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.”

“I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.”

“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.”

“When the people rise in masses in behalf of…the liberties of their country, truly may it be said, ‘The gates of hell shall not prevail against them.'”

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and cause me to tremble for safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic destroyed.”

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