Quotation by Abraham Lincoln

My note to you I certainly did not expect to see in print; yet I have not been much shocked by the newspaper comments upon it. Those comments constitute a fair specimen of what has occurred to me through life. I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. letter to James H. Hackett, Nov. 2, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 559, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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