Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Extracts: "The better angels of our nature"

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. - from Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, 1861

Much-needed perspective.

2 comments:

patteran said...

Apposite sentiments at what seems to be becoming daily an increasingly resonant moment in America's painful relationship with extremism, firearms and violence.

naida said...

Im actually reading Lincoln's speeches online at the moment.
'We must not be enemies'
I agree, it is very much needed perspective.

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