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Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln And Real Integrity

"I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth. I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.

"I do the very best I know how; the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, then a legion of angels swearing I was right will make no difference.

Lincoln's Defense of the Bible

"It seems to me that nothing short of infinite wisdom could by any possibility have devised and given to man this excellent and perfect moral code. It is suited to man in all conditions of life, and includes all the duties they owe to their Creator, to themselves and to their fellow-man."

Amusing Anecdotes About Lincoln

At one of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, "so the tradition persists, in the opening of one of his first speeches Douglas tried to be somewhat humorous at Abe's expense: 'When I behold my honorable opponent, I am reminded of the Holy Writ where it says, "How long, O Lord, how long."' The people laughed rather heartily. When Douglas had finished his speech and Lincoln took the platform he said, 'When I behold my honorable opponent, I, too, am reminded of the Scripture where it says, " The wicked shall be cut short in his day."

"Something led Mr. Lincoln one evening to mention the fact that David Tod, the war Governor of Ohio, who declined his invitation to succeed Chase as Secretary of the Treasury, had occasion to visit Washington in 1863, on government business. During an interview the President remarked: 'You are perhaps aware, Governor, that my wife is a member of the Todd family of Kentucky, and they all spell their name with two d's. How is it that you use but one?' 'Mr. President, God spells his name with one d, and one is enough for the Governor of Ohio.'"

"Some time in the early part of the war a clergy man said in his presence that he "hoped the Lord was on our side.' "I am not at all concerned about that," replied Mr. Lincoln. 'For I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right, but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side.' "