Quotes: The [Prophetic] Wisdom of Lincoln

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester, Vermont

As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “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 should 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.

–Abraham Lincoln, letter to Joshua F. Speed, August 22, 1855

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I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic destroyed.

–Abraham Lincoln, letter to Col. William F. Elkins, November 21, 1864

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The ballot is stronger than the bullet.  –Abraham Lincoln, speech, May 19, 1856

Note on Postcard: Sheila L, one of my Love Notes friends, sent the postcard above featuring a bit of the garden and house at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home. You can find out more about the Vermont home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlon Lincoln by clicking the link: Hildene.

15 thoughts on “Quotes: The [Prophetic] Wisdom of Lincoln

  1. Deb Breton says:

    Chandra, this is powerful, he saw it coming, didn’t he?!! I’m grateful to see so many women take the house. There’s a glimmer that America will be better but racism, misogyny and inequity have always been an issue. We will continue to put human decency BEFORE hate and profits. These young people give me hope and you are part of that as an educator. ONWARD!!!

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  2. Martha SlavinM says:

    Such a good reminder of a thoughtful President. Thank you. His comments were included in a musical performance by Jordi Savall and his group. Savall created a piece called The Routes of Slavery, which includes music influenced by slaves in different parts of the world. The performed in the Bay Area. I would think they might perform elsewhere. Worth seeing. Again thanks for the words of Lincoln.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      I looked it up, can’t tell where they will be performing. I hope they come here–or to New Orleans (preferably when I’m already planning to be there). The description sounds amazing. And I like that it’s multicultural. There was a similar effort in Canada (I think), but the creators’ vision was a bit myopic. Very little–if any–people of color involved.


  3. lloydslensphotographyllc says:

    There comes a point where as Christians we must realize that we’re more than the flesh and blood and genetics. We’re more than just the boxes that politicians want us to live in. We are spirits. Spirits that were set forth by God almighty and as such we are all the same family.

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