🎩 #AbesTweets2 – 10 Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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, 140 character limit), and separated into #topics. The quotes are NOT altered to meet the 140 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 used Twitter!📲📲

Food for thought.

@Mac_Guffey

#Agribusiness

Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.

 

“Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society – September 30, 1859” From v.III:p.481.

#Politics

Broken by it, I, too, may be; bow to it I never will.

 

[Regarding President Van Buren’s political force] “Speech on the Sub-Treasury – December [26?], 1839.” From v.I:p. 179.

It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines, or old laws; but to break up both, and make new ones.

 

Speech in United States House of Representatives: The War with Mexico – January 12, 1848.” From v.I:p. 440.

#Life

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships…

 

To Joseph Gillespie – July 13. 1849.” From v.II:p. 58.

If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart

 

“Temperance Address – February 22, 1842.” From v.I:p. 274.

Abraham Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress
Ending of Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress (1862) in his own handwriting.

#Similes

…that he feels the blood of this war, like the blood of Abel, is crying to Heaven against him.

 

[Regarding then President Polk] “Speech in United States House of Representatives: The War with Mexico – January 12, 1848.” From v.I:p. 440.

…you shall no more be able to pierce him, than to penetrate the hard shell of a tortoise with a rye straw.

 

“Temperance Address – February 22, 1842.” From v.I:p. 274.

#Addiction

…none seemed to think the injury arose from the use of a bad thing, but from the abuse of a very good thing.

 

[Speaking about alcoholism & the misconception of early reformers] “Temperance Address – February 22, 1842.” From v.I:p. 275.

They teach hope to all—despair to none.

 

[Regarding the use of former alcoholics as reformers] “Temperance Address – February 22, 1842.” From v.I:p. 277.

#Influence

…what is the influence of fashion, but the influence that other people’s actions have on our own actions…

 

[An example to show how the culture of the community effects the backsliding of alcoholics] “Temperance Address – February 22, 1842.” From v.I:p. 278.

 

 

 

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