Lincoln on Reading Bills Before Voting

“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so; it gives a relish and a facility for successfully pursuing the unsolved ones.”

Speech at Milwaukee, September 30, 1859


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Lincoln on Welfare Programs

“No men living are more worthy to be trusted than those who toil up from poverty, – none less inclined to take or touch aught which they have not honestly earned. Let them beware of surrendering a political power which they already possess, and which, if surrendered, will surely be used to close the door of advancement against such as they, and to fix new disabilities and burdens upon them, till all of liberty be lost.”

Message to Congress; Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 1861

“It does seem to me that the purpose in life of at least one half of the nation is that they should live comfortably at the expense of the other half.”

Remarks, Washington, D.C., 1861


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