“Stormy Present”

What American president has a better way with words than the immortal Abraham Lincoln? Here are some of his timeless, well-crafted reflections to inspire us all:

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”

“My dream is of a place and a time when America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”

“This country with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”

“Let the people on both sides keep their self-possession, and just as other clouds have cleared away in due time, so will this, and this great nation shall continue to prosper as before.”

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.”

“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

“It is with your aid, as the people, that I think we shall be able to preserve — not the country, for the country will preserve itself, but the institutions of the country — those institutions which have made us free, intelligent and happy — the most free, the most intelligent, and the happiest people on the globe.”
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

May these words of wisdom encourage and inspirit us as we all write on.

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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