Quotation by Abraham Lincoln

I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever [I] hear anyone, arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. speech to One Hundred Fortieth Indiana Regiment, Mar. 17, 1865. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 361, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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