Thursday, April 16, 2015
It was 150 years ago on April 14, 1865 that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Because of Lincoln's ties to Kentucky, he was my favorite president when I was growing up. As an adult I appreciate his dedication to our country even more.
Today I wanted to share a few of his quotes to honor him.
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your year.
Most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Whatever you are be a good one.
This next quote came from a speech on July 10, 1858 in Chicago:
Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
In a eulogy on Feb. 8, 1842 for Benjamin Ferguson, he said, "In very truth he was, the noblest work of God -- an honest man."
I'm going to end with the Gettysburg Address.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
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