Quotes Suitable For Framing: Abraham Lincoln




Lincoln and Liberty



Now, when by all these means you have succeeded in dehumanizing the negro; when you have put him down, and made it forever impossible for him to be but as the beasts of the field; when you have extinguished his soul, and placed him where the ray of hope is blown out in darkness like that which broods over the spirits of the damned; are you quite sure the demon which you have roused will not turn and rend you? What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage, and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises.

Abraham Lincoln, September 11, 1858, Edwardsville, Illinois

Published in: on June 21, 2013 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. I hope, if everything goes right, to get back to blogging with a series of three or four articles in the next couple of weeks, titled “the season of freedom”. You will not agree with much that it says, but you may like a number of its premises, and especially the planned opening article, titled “The Heroes of Milliken’s Bend.”

    • I always appreciate what you write Fabio, even when we differ on a point or two.

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