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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Abraham Lincoln. (1809–1865) (continued)
      Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
          Address, Cooper Union, New York City, Feb. 27, 1860.
      Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?
          First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.
      In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free,—honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.
          Second Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862.
      I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.
          Letter to Horace Greeley, Aug. 22, 1862.
      Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
          Letter to Major-General Joseph Hooker, Jan. 25, 1863.
      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. 1 
          Speech at Gettysburg, Nov. 19, 1863.
      It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.
          Reply to National Union League, June 9, 1864.
      The Almighty has his own purposes.
          Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865.
      Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman’s two-hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the
Note 1.
See Daniel Webster, page 532. [back]