Home  »  Respectfully Quoted  »  Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)

Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1498
AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: You have heard the story, haven’t you, about the man who was tarred and feathered and carried out of town on a rail? A man in the crowd asked him how he liked it. His reply was that if it was not for the honor of the thing, he would much rather walk.
ATTRIBUTION: President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, response to a friend from Springfield asking how he liked being president, c. 1861.—Emanuel Hertz, Lincoln Talks: A Biography in Anecdote, pp. 258–59 (1939).
SUBJECTS: Presidency