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  • My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age; and he grew up, literally without education.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Jesse W. Fell, Dec. 20, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 511, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • I go for all sharing the privileges of the government, who assist in bearing its burthens.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to the editor of Sangamo Journal, June 13, 1836. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 48, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Message to Congress in special session, July 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 440, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 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.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. address at Cooper Institute, New York City, Feb. 27, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 550, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • In the hope that it may be no intrusion upon the sacredness of your sorrow, I have ventured to address you this tribute to the memory of my young friend, and your brave and early fallen child. May God give you that consolation which is beyond all earthly power.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Ephraim D. and Phoebe Ellsworth, May 25, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 385, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • Every head should be cultivated.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sep. 30, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 479, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • I never did ask more, nor ever was willing to accept less, than for all the States, and the people thereof, to take and hold their places, and their rights, in the Union, under the Constitution of the United States. For this alone have I felt authorized to struggle; and I seek neither more nor less now.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to John A. McClernand, Jan. 8, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 48, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • A right result, at this time, will be worth more to the world, than ten times the men, and ten times the money.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Message to Congress in special session, July 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 432, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • I am in no boastful mood. I shall not do more than I can, and I shall do all I can to save the government, which is my sworn duty as well as my personal inclination. I shall do nothing in malice. What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Cuthbert Bullitt, July 28, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 346, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 537, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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