Obama on Lincoln

Here is a piece that got forwarded to me written by President Obama:

Three years before he entered Gardner’s studio, Lincoln termed the United States, in one of his early messages to Congress, “the last best hope of earth.” Considering that our fragile Union was not 100 years old and stood a good chance of dissolving, it was an improbable thing to say. But Lincoln saw beyond the bloodshed and division. He saw us not only as we were, but as we might be. And he calls on us through the ages to commit ourselves to the unfinished work he so nobly advanced—the work of perfecting our Union.

For more: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1969/12/perfecting-our-union/8832/

Words He Didn’t Say…

I’ve been reading up about misattributed quotes recently and stumbled upon a section of misattributed quotes from WikiQuotes excerpted below:

He only has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.

  • Original quote from William Penn (1693): They have a Right to censure, that have a Heart to help: The rest is Cruelty, not Justice.

It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to Infidelity.

  • Claimed by atheist Franklin Steiner, on p. 144. of one of his books to have appeared in Manford’s Magazine but he never gives a year of publication.

I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky!

  • See, for example, Albert D. Richardson (1865), The Secret Service, the Field, the Dungeon, and the Escape. The quotation is based on a comment by Rev. Moncure D. Conwayabout the progress of the Civil War.
    • It is evident that the worthy President would like to have God on his side: he must have Kentucky.
      • Moncure D. Conway (1862), The Golden Hour