"We, the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution." -- Abraham Lincoln
"Abraham Lincoln's Ten Guidelines"
truth, and are of the type of short, pithy statements for which he is still justly famous!)
"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
"You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
"You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
"You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
"You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
"You cannot further the brotherhood of men by inciting class hatred.
"You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
"You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what theycould and should do for themselves."
It is said that one of Mr. Lincoln's favorites was the old hymn by Isaac Watts, "When I Can Read My Title Clear," as follows:
"When I can read my title clear
To mansions in the skies,
I'll bid farewell to ev'ry fear
And wipe my weeping eyes.
"Should earth against my soul engage,
And fiery darts be hurled,
Then I can smile at Satan's rage
And face a frowning world
"Let cares, like a wild deluge come,
And storms of sorrow fall!
May I but safely reach my home,
My God, my heav'n my all.
"There shall I bathe my weary soul
In seas of heav'nly rest,
And not a wave of trouble roll
Across my peaceful breast"
This was one of the hymns of Lincoln's youth, along with "Am I a Soldier of the Cross," "At the Cross," and others.
Once, Lincoln was called to the deathbed of an old woman to draw up her will. There he helped to comfort her by quoting various passages of scripture and a number of hymns including "Rock of Ages."