?/?/2018 ~ Presidential Quotes 10
Darkness pulls all hope away.
Honesty is often attacked with defamation of character
and false claims stemming from unjustified fears.
16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) Part 3
“Our popular government has often been called an experiment. Two
points in it our people have already settled, the successful establishing
and the successful administering of it. One still remains, its successful
maintenance against a formidable internal attempt to overthrow it.”
“I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it.
I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter
and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“Nations do not die from invasion; they die from internal rottenness.”
A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.
~ Proverbs 14:30
“If this country is ever demoralized, it will
come from trying to live without work.”
... we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner,
not working at all, but are busybodies. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 3:10-11
“Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.”
Labor flourishes where wages are fair
“You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's
initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently
by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
Cultures spiral on perpetual poverty without equitable prospects
“Any society that takes away from those most capable
and gives to the least will perish.”
“You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.”
In our hyper-critical times, all are made small. – Ron Bert
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.”
“I am in favor of a national bank...in favor of the
internal improvements system and a high protective tariff.”
“In the early days of the world, the Almighty said to the first of our race
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread"; and since then, if we
accept the light and the air of heaven, no good thing has been,
or can be enjoyed by us, without having first cost labor.”
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, ...
~ Genesis 3:19
“I think that if anything can be proved by natural theology,
it is that slavery is morally wrong. God gave man a mouth to
receive bread, hands to feed it, and his hand has a right
to carry bread to his mouth without controversy.”
“No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of
its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.”
Without souls of purpose, social depression become catastrophic.
“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free.”
“I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish
that all men everywhere could be free.”
“Our reliance is in the love of liberty
which God has planted in our bosoms.”
... where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. ~ 2nd Corinthians 3:17
“Cling to liberty and right; battle for them; lead for them;
die for them, if need be; and have confidence in God.”
“I will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States. It is not the Constitution as I would
like to have it, but as it is, that is to be defended. The Constitution will not
be preserved & defended until it is enforced & obeyed in every part of
every one of the United States. It must be so respected, obeyed,
enforced and defended, and let the grass grow where it may.”
“I trust that as He shall further open the way, I will be ready to walk
therein, relying on His help and trusting in His goodness and wisdom.”
“I think that God means that we shall do more than we have yet done
in furtherance of His plans and He will open the way for our doing it.”
“Of our political revolution of '76, we all are justly proud.
It has given us a degree of political freedom, far exceeding that of
any other nation of the earth. In it the world has found a solution of the
long-mooted problem, as to the capability of man to govern himself.
In it was the germ which has vegetated, and still is to grow
and expand into the universal liberty of mankind.”
“I believe the declaration that ‘all men are created equal’ is the
great fundamental principle upon which our free institutions rest.”
... neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither
male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:28
“I have never had a feeling, politically, that did not spring from the
Declaration of Independence that all should have an equal chance.
This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence,
I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it.”
“Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity,
the Declaration of Independence.”
“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must
be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
Freedom is the juice that drives true human inspiration.
The wider the base of freedom, the greater excellence possible.
Only a moral people may find the heights open to His truths offered.
“Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit,
proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice.”
“Its authors meant it to be... a stumbling block to those who in after times
might seek to turn a free people back into the hateful paths of despotism.
They knew the proneness of prosperity to breed tyrants, and they meant
when such should re-appear in this fair land and commence their vocation
they should find left for them at least one hard nut to crack.”
“Should my administration prove to be a very wicked one ...
or a very foolish one, if you, the people, are true to yourselves
and the Constitution, there is little harm I can do, thank God.”
“It is most cheering and encouraging for me to know that in the efforts
which I have made and am making for the restoration of a righteous
peace to our country, I am upheld and sustained by the good wishes
and prayers of God's people. No one is more deeply than myself
aware that without His favor our highest wisdom is but as
foolishness and that our most strenuous efforts would
avail nothing in the shadow of His displeasure.”
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 3:19
“If all men were just, there still would be some,
though not so much, need of government.”
“If I had had my way, this war would never have been commenced; If I
had been allowed my way this war would have ended before this, but we
find it still continues; and we must believe that He permits it for some wise
purpose of his own, mysterious and unknown to us; and though with our
limited understandings we may not be able to comprehend it, yet we
cannot but believe, that he who made the world still governs it.”
He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number.
~ Job 9:10
"... So are My ways higher than your ways, And My
thoughts than your thoughts." ~ Isaiah 55:9
Despots controlling the masses stunt genuine persons of self-will
Disrespectfulness is the sign of social collapse.
Suffering is enduring never-ending needles that drain a heart.
The test of God is to examine our strength during our weakness.
Balance is a fine line holding the edge of reality.
Sorrows can carry love to the brink of loss.
Darkness in a lie leaves no direction.
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