Monday Mottoes – #128
It’s Presidents’ Day in the US, the third Monday in February, that began as George Washington’s birthday, then incorporated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (also in February) and some states include all presidents in the celebration. Personally, I love almost all quotes by President Washington and even possess a small volume containing the same, but today we examine one by Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.
Largely self-educated, Lincoln was a successful lawyer, then moving on to serve in the Illinois House of Representatives and later, the US House of Representatives. Eventually, he returned to law and then again to politics, joining the newly-formed Republican party and becoming president in 1860. By the time he took office, seven southern states had seceded from the Union, upset over his stand against slavery. And then the Civil War began.
Which brings us to today’s motto:
“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln led the United States forward during a very difficult period and truly blazed many new trails of freedom and dignity. Many times, he visited wounded soldiers and wrote letters to bereaved families on both the Union and Confederate sides, believing them to be one. His oratorical ability, a way with words, whether in public or in private, and his compassionate spirit won him admirers during very trying days. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is iconic in its verbiage linking of human equality and freedom to the principles set forth in the American Revolution of less than 100 years prior: a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Abraham Lincoln remains known for his tall stature in a physical sense (only added to by his stovepipe hat) and more importantly, in a leadership sense he stood head and shoulders above others. The Emancipation Proclamation and the ending of the Civil War became some of his greatest accomplishments. It took a while to achieve, against incredible odds, but he kept pressing toward the goal.
Happy Presidents’ Day, everyone!