By Abraham Lincoln
"My politics are brief and candy, just like the outdated woman's dance." the main eloquent of yank presidents, Lincoln had a sagacious or funny touch upon every thing that mattered. This attractively designed and illustrated present publication beneficial properties the good Emancipator's suggestions and critiques on matters from politics to human nature to the burdens and privileges of the presidency.
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Anecdote about the period when Lincoln practiced law on the Illinois State circuit, told to his portrait painter, Francis B. Carpenter, 1864 It is very strange that I, a boy brought up in the woods, and seeing, as it were, but little of the world, should be drifted into the very apex of this great event. —Remark to Josiah Blackburn, c. late July 1864 It is a little singular that I, who am not a vindictive man, should have always been before the people for election in canvases marked for their bitterness, always but once: When I came to Congress it was a quiet time.
It is but a small matter whether you read with anybody or not. I did not read with anyone. Get the books, and read and study them till you understand them in their principal features; and that is the main thing. It is of no consequence to be in a large town while you are reading. I read at New Salem, which never had three hundred people living in it. The books, and your capacity for understanding them, are just the same in all places. . Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
But, then, I suppose he thought the same thing about me, and—here I am! ) I long ago made up my mind that if anybody wants to kill me, he will do it. If I wore a shirt of mail and kept myself surrounded by a bodyguard, it would be all the same. There are a thousand ways of getting at a man if it is desirable that he should be killed. Besides, in this case, it seems to me, the man who would come after me would be just as objectionable to my enemies. —Remark to journalist and friend Noah Brooks, c.