🎩#AbesTweets11 – 10 Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Abraham Lincoln by Calvin Jackson, October 1, 1858
(taken in Pittsfield, IL, before the final two Lincoln-Douglas debates)

In light of the current🐦tweeter🐦 in the White House, this will be a weekly post of ten actual quotes by 🎩Abraham Lincoln🎩 in tweet form (yes, 280 character limit), and separated into #topics. The quotes are NOT altered [excpt 4 shorthand] to meet the 280 character limits.

All of these quotes are from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler et al. with their references – date, occasion, volume/page, etc.

💭Imagine💭 if Lincoln had📲Twitter!📲

Food for thought.

@Mac_Guffey

#LincolnHumor

Douglas and I, for the first time this canvass, crossed swords here yesterday; the fire flew some, and I am glad to know I am yet alive.

 

From “Letter to Joseph O. Cunningham – August 22, 1858.” v.3: p.38.

The Judge is wofully at fault about his early friend Lincoln being a ‘grocery keeper.’ I don’t know as it would be a great sin, if I had been, but he is mistaken.

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: p.17.

[Referring to himself in the 3rd person] Lincoln never kept a grocery anywhere in the world. It is true that Lincoln did work the latter part of one winter in a small still house, up at the head of a hollow.

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: p.17.

#LincolnMaxim

A man cannot prove a negative, but he has a right to claim that when a man makes an affirmative charge, he must offer some proof to show the truth of what he says.

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: pp.14-15.

When a man hears himself somewhat misrepresented, it provokes him-at least, I find it so with myself; but when the misrepresentation becomes very gross and palpable, it is more apt to amuse him.

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: p.14.

A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, can not be safely disregarded.

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: p.16.

#Lincolnism

the maxim which was put forth by the Saviour is true, but he may allege that I misapply it; and the Judge has a right to urge that, in my application, I do misapply it, and then I have a right to show that I do not misapply it.

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: p.18.

#Slavery

I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world-enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: p.15.

I hold that notwithstanding all this, there is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: p.177.

I think this nation, so far as the question of Slavery is concerned, will all become one thing or all the other

 

From “First Debate with Stephan A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois – August 21, 1858.” v.3: p.16.

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