Quotation by Abraham Lincoln

This declared indifference, but as I must think, covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I can not but hate. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world ... and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. speech at Peoria, Illinois, Oct. 16, 1854. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 255, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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