1904 When repeating an excerpt from Laurence Hutton's Memoirs in 1904, the Boston Herald reduced the quotation to "Whatever you are, be a nice one." The earliest record of this quote being attributed to Abraham Lincoln came in 1946, 81 years after Lincoln's death!
Lincoln said many things in his time that have been widely quoted out of context. This is particularly true of his annual speeches at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he would often reflect on what America should be like in his view. These quotations have sometimes been used by others as arguments for or against certain policies, but most often they are simply appreciated for their wisdom and sincerity.
A few examples: "Do not be afraid to walk through life with your head high. You may encounter people who tell you to quit or give you bad advice, but do not be swayed by them. Follow your own heart and know what is best for you" (1862). "The world does not need more heroes, but more healers. What it needs is less hate in our hearts and more love in our souls" (1863). "If voting made any difference they'd let us vote again! (1864)".
Be a nice person in anything you do. The remark is commonly credited to Abraham Lincoln, yet it seems contemporary to me. Lincoln died in 1865, and the first attribution to Lincoln appeared in a collection of quotations in 1946, which was a relatively late date. Maybe it was popular before then but I have not been able to find any evidence for that. Anyhow, here are some other people who have said something similar: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Otherwise you might as well not have lived at all." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
- Mahatma Gandhi
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- These are just a few examples of many more. The point is that being kind is important, and doing good things with your life is even better. There are many people who have done amazing things with their lives while at the same time being cruel or selfish. This shows that it isn't always necessary to be good to be great.
Now, being honest is also important. If you try to hide your good qualities and only display your bad ones, no one will believe in you or like you. So sometimes it's okay to be dishonest to get what you want. For example, if someone is being rude to you, you could pretend to be sick to avoid them.
Lincoln was frequently mentioned by admirers throughout his lifetime. In recent times, Lincoln's statements are frequently used to support a point. All too frequently, the widely circulated Lincoln quotes turn out to be false.
If you search for the negative in people, you will almost certainly find it. Allow no discouragement to overpower you, and you will succeed in the end. Remember that your personal determination to achieve is more essential than any other. In this tragic world, sadness comes to everybody, and it is often accompanied with searing suffering.
"Be a good one, whatever you are." Abraham Lincoln's reminiscence Choose to be a good person on the inside and out. It may not matter what you do, but how you do it.
It is important to remember that everyone makes mistakes, but those who value themselves will take care of their flaws. If you know you are not perfect then you can still go about your day without feeling like you need to hide from the world or yourself.
Lincoln was born in 1809 into a poor family in Kentucky. He had only an elementary education, but he became the 16th President of the United States. He led the country through its greatest crisis: the Civil War. After his death in 1865, he was canonized by the Catholic Church.
Here are some of his quotes:
"I am not a man of many words. I want to tell you what I think, and leave you to imagine what that is."
"If you can't say something nice... At least say nothing at all."
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the foundations upon which they live.
However, the Lincoln quotation discloses that Lincoln did not coin the phrase: "It is told an Eastern emperor once instructed his wise advisers to devise him a term to be constantly in view, and which should be true and fitting in all periods and situations." They delivered the words, "And this, too, shall pass away." The emperor was so pleased that he awarded them gifts and privileges for life.
Abraham Lincoln said many great things in his time but only one really matters now. He said in 1864, "You can't tell how much rain will come up when you release water from a dam. And so it is with nations. You cannot tell how much freedom will be taken with no punishment afterward. But that will pass too."
Lincoln was right about everything except the rain part. It has rained since then, every year around this time. However strange and unexpected some times were, they have all ended well and been forgotten. That's how things are supposed to be left alone too.
Some people might think that because of this statement everything that happens in your life goes to show that history is repeating itself but that's not what Mr. Lincoln meant at all. He meant that you cannot tell how much freedom anyone will get until it comes time for them to be free. No one else can tell if they are ready for it either. All you can do is hope they are willing to listen to their better angels.