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?/?/2018 ~ Presidential Quotes 13


Darkness has nothing to hope for.
In simple pleasure, one breath is the best yet conceived.

16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) Part 6

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." ~ Matthew 6:34


“Surely He intends some great good to follow this mighty convulsion
which no mortal could make, and no mortal could stay.”

... since then you would need to go out of the world. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 5:9-11

Submitted to the Sec. of War. On principle I dislike an oath
which requires a man to swear he has not done wrong. It rejects
the Christian principle of forgiveness on terms of repentance.
I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter.

"... Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." ~ John 5:14

“The Union is much older than the Constitution.
It was formed in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was
matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.”

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. ...
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


The declaration of independence and decency goes far back before
recorded history, when men befriended one another in common
goals of uplifting families assuring both communities alike.


“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." ~ Romans 12:20


"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.
Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of
affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field,
and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, 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.”

“I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me
out all right, then what is said against me won't matter. If I'm wrong,
ten angels swearing I was right won't make a difference.”

Judgment waits for all

                                                  

         

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day,
if I did not laugh I should die.”

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
~ Proverbs 17:22


Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, And the end of mirth may be grief.
~ Proverbs 14:13


Sorrow is better than laughter, For by a sad countenance
the heart is made better. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:3


For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who
increases knowledge increases sorrow. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:18


“In order to win a man to your cause, you must first
reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.”

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.
~ Proverbs 21:2


Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own
understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, ... ~ Proverbs 3:5-6


... out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:6


... God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone
who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, ... ~ 1st Peter 3:15


... "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God." ~ John 3:3


Unless one sees through the lens of Jesus, and His ways,
worldliness remains devoid of true intended godliness.


“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”

“Here in my heart, my happiness, my house. Here inside the lighted
window is my love, my hope, my life. Peace is my companion on the
pathway winding to the threshold. Inside this portal dwells new strength in
the security, serenity, and radiance of those I love above life itself. Here
two will build new dreams -- dreams that tomorrow will come true. The
world over, these are the thoughts at eventide when footsteps turn ever
homeward. In the haven of the hearthside is rest and peace and comfort.”

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens
the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, ..." ~ Revelation 3:20


“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

A good name is better than precious ointment, And the
day of death than the day of one's birth; ~ Ecclesiastes 7:1


"... a tree is known by its fruit." ~ Matthew 12:33

... in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately
forgets what kind of man he was. ~ James 1:23-24


Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your
latter days. There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless
the LORD'S counsel-that will stand. ~ Proverbs 19:20-21


It is the word of God that helps us to stand again when we fall.

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people
all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment,
but those of some men follow later. ~ 1st Timothy 5:24


“I could write shorter sermons but when I get started I'm too lazy to stop.”



Abraham Lincoln holds cherished ideals of freedom
in honorable spirits to be better than we are. Each of us
should continue to strive to be better tomorrow than we are today.
Societies descend into the abyss when we grow callous
of one another, and despising of neighbors rages.



17. Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)

“I have been almost overwhelmed by the announcement of the sad
event [Lincoln's assassination] which has so recently occurred. I feel
incompetent to perform duties so important and responsible as those
which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me.”

"If I am shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet."

“Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of
our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it
waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed
for our motto: 'Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and
forever,' and exclaim, 'Christ first, our country next!'”

“The life of a republic lies certainly in the energy,
virtue, and intelligence of its citizens.”

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who
does not condemn himself in what he approves. ... ~ Romans 14:22-23


"My right side is paralyzed. I need no doctor.
I can overcome my own troubles."

Strength of noble character blesses all who would encounter it.

... "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength
is made perfect in weakness." ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:9


It is finding courage through adversity that brings strength to a soul.

“There are some who lack confidence in the integrity and capacity of the
people to govern themselves. To all who entertain such fears I will most
respectfully say that I entertain none . . . If man is not capable, and is not
to be trusted with the government of himself, is he to be trusted with the
government of others . . . Who, then, will govern? The answer must be,
Man for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are
willing to take charge of our political affairs.”

“It is our sacred duty to transmit unimpaired to our posterity the blessings
of liberty which were bequeathed to us by the founders of the Republic.”

“Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many,
more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.”

If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked.
~ Proverbs 29:12


"Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North."

"Let them impeach and be damned."

“I have performed my duty to my God, my country, and my family.
I have nothing to fear in approaching death. To me it is the mere
shadow of God's protecting wing . . . Here I will rest in quiet and peace
beyond the reach of calumny's poisoned shaft, the influence of
envy and jealous enemies, where treason and traitors or State
backsliders and hypocrites in church can have no peace.”


And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were
called in one body; and be thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15


... and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7


When it comes to the end of the day most find the tortures, and
blessings, of living alone. Slavery is captured in the bondage of
flesh, both physical and mental. In death life is found. Courage must
find its muster for salvations glorious path to flourish in the open.

Dreadfully, the onslaught of hate gasps upon all, with the hidden
frenzies of mankind, deception and scheming lurking at every turn,
stealing the truth children hope to have. Wickedness shines as the
darkest beacon in man’s halls of so called justice where anger
shouts louder than the blown back compassionate. Our petty raging
has chewed us to pieces, crippling long held goals of settled God
regarded freedoms. Nasty children dominate the adults where God’s
callings evaporate to nothing. Destiny of the suicidal oppressed;
bickering and self-denial have reduced all our magnificence to
sheets of disgust littered upon the ages. Legacies are devoured by
the few towering greedy showering lies upon the innocent. Is all
that we are for the shame of us? Fallen in our own chambers of
opulence, will perchance our children rise in a spiritual upheaval
declaring and reclaiming the glories heaven would want all to have?

Awaken citizens of God. If America is to be blessed, we must turn
back to God where all decency comes forth. Dear Lord, forgive us,
bless us, keep us. Many noble men have risen that we might remain
as free as we can be. Thank you, Lord, for the freedom given that
this great nation may find our guiding godly purpose, extending
out to all this world’s desperate prisoners. The fact is God delivers
freedom to those that embrace Him and His ways. May His
protection and enlightenment bring us back to good sensibilities.


Passionate souls in isolation search for the light of truth
Living one day at a time enhances endurance
Once recognized, one should flea habitual sinfulness
Sympathy for enemies increases godliness
Each of us is accountable to God for who we are
Laughter cuts the piercing pains of living
Sorrow deepens sober understanding
Only hearts open to God can reach higher truths
Owning lifelong instruction bolsters elderly wisdom
When Christ comes first all else will follow
Tranquil lives call for common virtuous knowledge
Only men of noble character are able to lead
Ongoing slavery comes by those unjustly dominating
Peace through thankfulness draws one to the divine

There comes a point where rules bury common sense.

Hearts deepen when God is made supreme.

Darkness is an implosion from without.




 

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