ABRAHAM LINCOLN QUOTES AND COMMENTARY
by Gene Griessman, Ph.D.
author of “The Words Lincoln Lived By”
After Abraham Lincoln became a well-known lawyer, he sometimes received inquiries from people who aspired to become lawyers. Here’s what he told one young man: “Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.”
To another he wrote: “Get the books and read and study them till you understand them in their principal features; and that is the main thing….It is of no consequence to be in a large town while you are reading. I read at New Salem, which never had three hundred people living in it. The books, and your capacity for understanding them, are just the same in all places.”
–Excerpted from “The Achievement Digest,” April 2004
A quaint note has survived from one of Abraham Lincoln’s civil cases in the 1850s.
“If you settle I will charge nothing for what I have done, and thank you to boot. By settling you will likely get your money sooner, and with much less trouble and expense.” (Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Assn., Vol 16, No. 2, pp. 4, 5)
Lincoln understood that compromise is necessary in everyday life.
“Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can,” he wrote in a lecture for lawyers. “Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser–in fees, and expenses, and waste of time.”
–Excerpted from “The Achievement Digest,” August 2004
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