From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
In January 1835 Lincoln’s business partner died 'on short notice' leaving him responsible for their joint obligations to a total of $1,100, an enormous sum for those days. Lincoln called it the National Debt, and rather than declare bankruptcy he took 10 years to clear that debt.
'One acid, infallible test of your maturity is your ability to hold necessary tension until the circumstances are ripe for the release of that tension.'
- Arnold Kunst