“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
— Abraham Lincoln
Second Inaugural Address,
March 4, 1865
Abraham Lincoln was born 200 years ago today, on February 12, 1809. Forty-two days after delivering the remarks above, he was shot dead at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He was only 56 years old.
There are literally thousands of Lincoln bios out there, many of them still in print. But to me, Lincoln’s story works best in his own words. If you don’t have it already, then, you must get this.