Monday, September 25, 2017

Hope: “the little voice in your head whispering ‘maybe’ when the rest of the world screams ‘NO!’” - Anonymous

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
September 25
'Southern men declare that their slaves are better off than hired laborers amongst us. How little they know whereof they speak! There is no permanent class of hired laborers amongst us ... Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.'
- Abraham Lincoln

'Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.'
- Mary Kay Ash



Shortsightedness: “overfeeding the present by stealing from the future.” – Jim Brumm

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
September 24
The anxiety in Washington about Lincoln's minimal chances for re-election in 1864 ended in September with the fall of Atlanta, the South’s principle city and railhead. Once that happened everybody suddenly saw the light. Horace Greeley announced that his newspaper The New York Tribune would 'henceforth fly the banner of Abraham Lincoln for President.' Lincoln's enemies within the Republican Party like Salmon Chase the former Treasury Secretary as well as Benjamin Wade and Henry Davis all chose to stump for the President. Similarly Wendell Phillips, who had written, 'I would cut off both hands before doing anything to aid Lincoln's election,' did his about-face in October. Even Thaddeus Stevens waxed eloquent about Lincoln's 'firm grasp of the pilot at the helm.'

'The secret of success is constancy of purpose.'
- Benjamin Disraeli



Saturday, September 23, 2017

“To find beauty in ugliness is the province of the poet.” – Thomas Hardy


From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
September 23
There is no such thing as a photograph or a statue or a painting of Abraham Lincoln in which his tie is straight and more than85% of his hair is in place. [He apparently combed his hair with his fingers – which, of course, were invented long before pocket combs.] Think of the $5 bill, the Lincoln Memorial statue, Mount Rushmore.
Photogenic, he wasn’t.

‘Beauty is not caused. It is.
- Emily Dickinson


Friday, September 22, 2017

“God’s peace is not the calm after the storm, but the steadfastness during it.” - Anonymous

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
September 22
 ‘Come what will, I will keep faith with friend and foe.’
- Abraham Lincoln

‘Learn to use the word “impossible” with the greatest caution.'
- Anonymous



“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
September 21
Lincoln loved to tell this story about himself and Jefferson Davis. ‘“I think Jefferson will succeed,” said one Quaker woman. “Why does thee think so?” asked the second. “Because Jefferson is a praying man.” “And so is Abraham a praying man,” said the second. “Yes,” said the first, “but the Lord will think Abraham is joking.”'

'Get down on the floor and play with little kids.'
- Anonymous



“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” - Anonymous

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
September 20
'In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve…Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just - a way which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.'
- Abraham Lincoln

‘No one can disgrace us but ourselves.’
- Josh Billings