Quotation by Abraham Lincoln

I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once. The memory of your dear Father, instead of an agony, will yet be a sad, sweet feeling in your heart, of a purer, and holier sort than you have ever known before.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. letter to Fanny McCullough, Dec. 23, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 16, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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