Friday, February 12, 2010

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of President Abraham Lincoln

February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865

The words of President Abraham Lincoln

  • Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain.
  • As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
  • I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day
  • I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side
  • A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other
  • I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.
  • Fourscore 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.
  • ...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 this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  • I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.  

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, two farmers, in a one-room log cabin on the 348-acre Sinking Spring Farm, in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky (now part of LaRue County), making him the first president born in the west.


  1. Akelamalu: Yes. I need to periodically reread his words to remember their and his greatness.

  2. I would have liked to have met Mr. Lincoln.

    I will come by for your birthday, but since I'm going to be otherwise engaged tomorrow, it may be later in the day before I get here. Sooooo.... I'll start my partying now by wishing you an early "Happy Birthday!" my dear friend, Nick!

  3. "Happy Birthday, Abie Baby!" I remember when you and I saw HAIR on Broadway in NYC. That was a lifetime ago, my dear friend.

    Happy Birthday, Nick.

  4. Dear Nick ~~ Great post about President Lincoln and his quotes are
    still relevant today.

    Happy Happy Birthday my dear friend.
    I hope you have a wonderful day and
    many more happy returns.

    Take care, and enjoy your life.
    Very Best Wishes, Merle.