The above-quotation of Abraham Lincoln neatly condenses much of what we have written here at the DISSENTING DEMOCRAT. I ran a check as to its authenticity and found that the Snopes site denies that it is authentic. Snopes cited John Nicolay, President Lincoln’s Secretary, who claimed it to be a fabrication. Nicolay had published his own collection of Lincoln’s writings and did not include it in his publication.
However, Nicolay was not the only collector of Lincolniana. William Herndon, Lincoln’s law partner, also compiled his own book of Lincoln’s writings and speeches. Herndon’s work confirms the quotation. Since we like the quote, we’ll accept Billy Herndon over Johnny Nicolay!
For the diligent who wish to research on their own, the Snopes debunking may be found at http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lincoln.asp. The sourcing supporting the quotes’ authenticity may be found here http://www.ratical.org/corporations/Lincoln.html
If it is ultimately “proven” to be false, we’re still keeping it. If there may be no acknowledged paternity then the Dissenting Democrat will adopt it as our own.