Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lincoln: Strong Head and Sound Heart

"It is the great boon of such characters as Mr. Lincoln’s, that they reunite what God has joined together and man has put asunder. In him was vindicated the greatness of real goodness and the goodness of real greatness. The twain were one flesh. Not one of all the multitudes who stood and looked up to him for direction with such a loving and implicit trust can tell you to-day [sic] whether the wise judgments that he gave came most from a strong head or a sound heart. If you ask them, they are puzzled…. In him goodness and intelligence combined and made their best result of wisdom."

--Phillips Brooks, from sermon entitled “Abraham Lincoln,” preached while Lincoln's body lay in Philadelphia

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