Abraham Lincoln's Character Essay

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Abraham Lincoln's Character "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 here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced…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, that 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." - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), from The Gettysburg Address…show more content…
Lincoln later implied this himself when he said, "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." While growing up, Lincoln was considered lazy by his father because young Abraham was growing so quickly he was often tired. He is said to always to have been reading, as Lincoln himself said the extent of his formal teaching did not amount to one year. He would borrow books from neighbors and read while he was resting from fieldwork. Though his teacher called him a very slow learner, Abraham's stepmother understood Lincoln better. "He must understand everything, even to the smallest thing, minutely and exactly. He would then repeat it over to himself - sometimes in one form and then in another. And when it was fixed in his mind to suit him, he never lost that fact or his understanding of it." The Lincolns moved to Illinois in 1830, and Abraham was restless to get away from his father and out on his own. He worked in whatever jobs he could find, from storekeeper to Postmaster to surveyor - because he was "willing to try anything once." According to several stories of the time, whenever Lincoln found that he had short-changed a customer,
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