Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Real Philosopher

Abraham Lincoln was indeed a good philosopher, one in a class by his own.

"If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out of wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference"

"There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite"

"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day"

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it it tried on him personally"

"In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book"

"Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong"

"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg"

"Killing the dog does not cure the bite"

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