Thought for the Day October 21, 2014 Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln 2Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln (Thanks to

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln (Thanks to

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln (Thanks to

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln (Thanks to

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. Abraham Lincoln (Thanks to

Lincoln 1Wisdom comes from intelligence and experience. It is the ability to recognize the truth when you see it. Abraham Lincoln was a very wise man. At Gettysburg he took a few notes that he had scribbled on the train and gave the greatest speech ever given by a president of the United States.

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 battlefield 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.

William Everett, the great orator of the day, said after his two hour speech that Lincoln had said more in three minutes than he did in two hours.

Knowledge is not wisdom. All the study in the world will not give it to you. It is something inherent in some people but absent in others. Age and time will bring most people some wisdom.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 King James Version (KJV)


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