Now scrolling: The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- 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.

Friday, June 8, 2007

All Lincoln All the Time

Okay, I admit it. I'm a Lincoln freak. And since nobody's going to check out this blog to write a history paper, I'd rather post and share fun stuff about one of America's best known presidents. Hey, it doesn't even have to be researched. Rumors made this country great and I never reveal my sources.

Great advice from Robert E. Lee: "Don't waste your time reading novels and always accept a promotion."

Great advice from George Patton: "Never fight for the same real estate twice."

Great advice from Abraham Lincoln: "If you think a quorum is forming, jump out the window."

I think Lincoln's advice is the wisest.


librarian666 said...

Hey, I put some obscene comments up here and now they are gone! What happened to free speech? Well, actually, Lincoln shut down the presses during the War, so it is no shock that Lincolnfreak did the same..... ;)

bluffingwildly said...

Well, this certainly is being a peppy blog. I'll have to keep an eye on it!

LincolnFreak said...

Yes, Librarian666, I hear you. I seem to remember throwing you out of here once before. You're right about one thing -- I agree with Lincoln's healthy attitude toward newspapers: if they don't support you, shut them down. There's a great book out there for someone like you. I intend to add it to my terrific booklist once I get it started. It's "Lincoln's Wrath" by Jeffrey Manber, and it goes into detail about his dealings with a few misguided newspapers in Pennsylvania. Enjoy.

LincolnFreak said...

Thank you, Bluffingwildly, for your kind comments. I hope you're not bluffing wildly.

FW said...

I noticed the Robert E. Lee quote and seem to recall that you mostly read nonfiction. Are Melville, Poe and A.C. Doyle the only exceptions?

I REALLY need to get around to reading Moby Dick.