Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
By: Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
— Today is the 209th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln, born near Hodgenville, Kentucky on Feb. 12, 1809, had anything but a privileged upbringing.
Through his early life he worked as a rail splitter, a shopkeeper and a general store manager. Lincoln, who had almost no formal education as a youngster, became a lawyer, later was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and, in 1860, was elected the 16th president of the United States. He was re-elected in 1864 having guided the country through the Civil War.
Lincoln served only about six weeks after his second inauguration. He was assassinated on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth as he and his wife, Mary, watched a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Lincoln was known as a great storyteller in life, and his oratory skills have been studied, and copied for decades.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” “No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” “Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.“ “Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” “A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.” “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.” “Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.” “I am humble Abraham Lincoln. I have been solicited by my friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.”
Perhaps Lincoln’s most remembered words came from the speech he gave at Gettysburg, Pa. A few months after the battle that sealed the fate ofRead the original article