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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Abraham Lincoln
 
  A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.  1
  Avoid popularity, if you would have peace.  2
  Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.  3
  Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.  4
  God must have loved the plain people; He made so many of them.  5
  I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.  6
  I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves, within said designated States and parts of States, are, and henceforth shall be, free; and that the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and navy authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons. And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence; and I recommend to them that in all cases, when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.  7
  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 that day.  8
  I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free.  9
  “I know there is a God, and that He hates the injustice of slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that His hand is in it. If He has a place and a work for me, and I think He has, I believe I am ready. I am nothing, but truth is everything. I know I am right, because I know that liberty is right, for Christ teaches it, and Christ is God.”  10
  I take the official oath to-day with no mental reservations and with no purpose to construe the Constitution by any hypercritical rules.  11
  If ever this free people, if this government itself is ever utterly demoralized, it will come from this human wriggle and struggle for office—that is, a way to live without work.  12
  In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.  13
  It is easiest to “be all things to all men,” but it is not honest. Self-respect must be sacrificed every hour in the day.  14
  Knavery and flattery are blood relations.  15
  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.  16
  Politics, as a trade, finds most and leaves nearly all dishonest.  17
  Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice.  18
  Tangible language, which often tells more falsehoods than truths.  19
  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.  20
 
 
  This is a world of compensations, and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, they cannot long retain it.  21
  This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  22
  To add brightness to the sun or glory to the name of Washington is alike impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name, and in its naked, deathless splendor leave it shining on.  23
  “We cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men who struggled here have consecrated it far beyond our power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain: and this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  24
  Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be.  25
  With malice toward none, charity for all, with firmness in the right—as God gives us to see the right—let us strive on to finish the work we are in.  26
  You can have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the government; while I shall have the most solemn one to “preserve, protect, and defend” it.  27
 
 
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