The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
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Source Notes: Source: President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, annual message to Congress, December 1, 1862.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 5, p. 537 .This passage was quoted in the preamble to the 1968 Republican party platform.
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party.