“Independence, they find that those old men say that ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’ and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men; that it is the father of all moral principal in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh, of the men who wrote that Declaration; and so they are.”

Abraham Lincoln, standing in 1864 via Library of Congress, no known restrictions

“That is the electric cord in the Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together; that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the mind of men throughout the world.  “My friend has said to me that I am a poor hand  to quote Scripture; I will try it again, however. It is said in one of the admonitions of our Lord,”  ‘As your Father in heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.’

– Abraham Lincoln, 1858 

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