In honor of Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 1809
“Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a Nation we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal except Negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics.’ When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
In a letter to Kentucky friend, Joshua F. Speed, 1855
“In times like the present men should utter nothing for which they could not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.”
To Congress, December 1, 1862
These two quotes come from The Living Words of Abraham Lincoln: Selected Writings of a Great President, 1967, with a foreward by Carl Sandburg.