A young clergyman while dining with Abraham Lincoln displayed a belief similar to some who read my articles. This is a short excerpt from that conversation between the two men.
Disregarding the irony of a minister questioning the value of books—the bible is a book, Abraham Lincoln captured how I feel when I read a great biography about a good man or woman. I find that many of today’s new thoughts—including my own, aren’t so original. I find my thoughts sometimes wither, sometimes change direction, or sometimes prosper anew under a spotlight that accurately unfolds a great man’s or woman’s life of achievement.
The clergyman ended the passage with a straightforward statement of what seems obvious but rarely written of Mr. Lincoln: “He loved the things of the Spirit.”
Be sure your children are readers. We all need our egos exercised and challenged.
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Footnote: J. E. Gallaher, Best Lincoln Stories: Tersely Told, (M. A. Donohue & Company, Chicago, 1898) pp. 49,50
Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.