I love Abraham Lincoln. He has some funny quotes that make me laugh…like the title. Today is this amazing man’s birthday. He’d be REALLY old if he was still alive today (he was born in 1809, so do the math…203).
Abe Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. In my list of favorite presidents, he ranks 2nd…after George Washington. Things I like about Abe are his honesty, his ability to work with both parties in office (something I wish politicians today could actually do…the lunkheads), his triumph over adversity (which his life was full of), and his fearlessness to do what he felt was right.
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in 1842. They had four sons, three of whom died tragically young. Only one son survived infancy. Then Abe had to deal with the whole Civil War–the bloodiest war in American history. This man had a hard life…but look at what a legacy he left behind. He didn’t let his tragedies dictate the course of his life. He rose above them and triumphed with this philosophy:
“People are just as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
He was elected twice to the Presidency (1860, 1864). My husband read Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin and told me lots of good things about it. Lincoln got so much done in his presidency because he knew how to work with his rivals, instead of against them.
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him your friend.”
“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”
That should be everyone’s motto! We are all unique and have something to offer. Instead of looking for the bad in people, focus on the good instead…and you might find, like President Lincoln, that your enemies are destroyed…because of friendship.
My last tribute to Abraham Lincoln is for his courage to abolish slavery–even in the face of extreme backlash and adversity. He wasn’t popular because of it…and ended up losing his life because of his convictions, but he stood true to what he believed. He was the model of integrity!
In 1863, he delivered the Gettysburg Address…and did it in only 272 words. Wow! Precise…and powerful!
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor 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 here 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—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.”
What more can I say…than Happy Birthday Abe! Thank you…for living. I hope to live true to the high morals and freedoms you espoused and died for. Amen.