Abraham Lincoln: “With malice toward none, and charity for all”

Great Quotes

The Civil War was devastating for the whole country.  About 620,000 men lost their lives, 360,000 from the North.  As victory approached there was a ground swell in the North for retribution and reparations.

But Lincoln resisted this popular opinion. Instead, he preached forgiveness, reconciliation, and reconstruction.  He always believed that the best way to eliminate enemies is by making them friends.

(Likewise, over a century later, Nelson Mandela, after spending 27 brutal years in prison fighting apartheid in South Africa, also resisted the calls for revenge and reparations, and instead preached forgiveness and reconciliation.)

On March 4, 1865, one month before General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in for a second term. His Second Inaugural Address has become one of the most famous speeches in history.

Abraham Lincoln’s “Second Inaugural Address”
(Concluding Sentence)

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.

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