Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Abraham Lincoln (180965)
With malice toward none; with 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; to bind up the nations wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphanto do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, second inaugural address, conclusion, March 4, 1865.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 8, p. 333 (1953).
Both the Gettysburg address and the Second Inaugural Address mark the height of Lincolns eloquence. The London Times called the latter the most sublime state paper of the century. Exactly two months later it was read over its authors grave.Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, new and enl. ed., ed. John G. Nicolay and John Hay, vol. 9, p. 44, footnote (1905).
An excerpt appears on a plaque on the Veterans Administration building in Washington, D.C.: To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.