Carl Sandburg. 1626.
Why read it? Portrays vividly the developing thoughts of young
Sample quotes and ideas:
Robert I. Wilson: “He sought company and indulged in fun without stint…still when by himself, he told me that he was so overcome by mental depression, that he never dared carry a knife in his pocket, and as long as I was intimately acquainted with him, he never carried a pocketknife.” p. 103. ……….
“A story arose and lived on that when first, as the challenged party, he had his choice of weapons, he [Lincoln] said, ‘How about cow dung at five paces?’ ” p. 138. ……….
“…a plain gold ring, the inside engraved: ‘Love Is Eternal.’ ” p. 139. ……….
Lincoln: "The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject anything, is not whether it have any evil in it, but whether it have more of evil, than of good.” p. 141.
Lincoln on the Constitution: “Better not take the first step in altering the Constitution, which may lead to a habit of altering it; new provisions would introduce new difficulties, and thus create, and increase, appetite for still further change.” p. 172. ……….
“Lincoln rattled off a lingo changing letters of words, so that ‘cotton patch’ became ‘potten catch’ and ‘jackass’ became ‘jassack,’ giving tricky twists to barnyard and tavern words.” p. 161.
Comment: My father-in-law, Laurens