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Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address moved an entire nation, and his ability to write great speeches, make witty remarks, and tell tall stories has made him America's most quoted president. "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time" is perhaps our nation's most famous aphorism, and now it joins Lincoln's best one-liners, anecdotes, and advice in a delightful topic-by-topic collection of Lincolnisms. Also included are Lincoln's funniest satire on his least favorite general; his well-known repartee in defense of Ulysses S. Grant's drinking; his own comments on the important events of his life; and accounts by contemporaries such as Walt Whitman, Leo Tolstory, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Abraham Lincoln is the most frequently quoted United States President. In this fascinating compendium are the best, funniest and most profound sayings of this most quotable of Chief Executives. The quotes are arranged according to subject, providing a bit of Lincoln wit and wisdom for any situation. From his youth in pioneer Illinois to the embattled White House of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln never lost his capacity for dry humor--or his extraordinary gift of eloquence.
Alex Ayres, former editor at Running Times and Harvard Lampoon, has edited six previous Wit and Wisdom titles. He is also the author of the screenplays for "Marlowe" and "Search for Grace."