Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.
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I was losing interest in politics when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help.
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another but let him work diligently and build one for himself thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.
Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.