Quotation by Abraham Lincoln

Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these, are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something, is the principle of "Liberty to all"Mthe principle that clears the path for all—gives hope to all—and, by consequence, enterprize [sic], and industry to all.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. fragment on the Constitution and Union, c. Jan. 1861? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 168, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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