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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on reason, thinking, and time

When I'm getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say - and two-thirds thinking about him and what he is going to say.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on control, government, laws, principles, prohibition, and reason

Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on appearance, beginning, dreams, people, presidency, and reason

The President tonight has a dream: - He was in a party of plain people, and, as it became known who he was, they began to comment on his appearance. One of them said: - "He is a very common-looking man." The President replied: - "The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is the reason he makes so many of them."

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Attributed Dec 23, 1863. Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, 1908

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on agreement, citizenship, government, happiness, men, reason, and present

I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, that the working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous, and as you added that those were the sentiments of the gentlemen present, representing not only the working class, but citizens of other callings than those of the mechanic, I am happy to concur with you in these sentiments, not only of the native born citizens, but also of the Germans and foreigners from other countries.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: speech to Germans at Cincinnati, Ohio, February 12, 1861

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A Quote by Abraham Joshua Heschel on hatred, racism, and reason

Racism is man's gravest threat to man--the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on achievement, certainty, change, death, diversity, existence, god, grace, life, peace, prophets, reality, reason, traditions, unity, and words

There are two kinds of death, the death which is inevitable and common to all beings, and the death which is voluntary and particular to certain ones of them only. It is the second death which is prescribed for us in the words of the Messenger of Allah: "Die before you die." The resurrection is accomplished for him who dies this voluntary death. His affairs return to God and they are but one. He has returned to God and he sees Him through Him. As the Prophet said - on him be Grace and Peace! - according to a tradition reported by Tabarani, "You will not see your Lord before being dead" and that is because, in the contemplation of this dead-resurrected one, all creatures are annihilated, and for him only one thing exists, one Reality only. Whatever will be the lot of the believers in their posthumous states is prefigured in one degree or another in this life for the initiates. The "return" of things - considered in relation to [the diversity of] their forms - to Allah and the end of their becoming, expresses only a change of cognitive status and not at all a modification of the reality. For him who dies and achieves the resurrection, the multiple is one, by reason of its essential unity; and the One is multiple, by reason of the multiplicity in Him of relations and aspects.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 221, pp. 51-52

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A Quote by A. W. Robertson on approval, decisions, facts, improvement, performance, and reason

We should all be very careful when we say "no" to a suggested improvement or plan made by a subordinate. A "no" in most cases is final. We are usually more careful when we say "yes" because we know that our "yes" decisions will have to stand the test of performance or further approval. As a matter of fact, we should be more careful with our "noes" for the very reason that they do not have to stand the test of performance or further approval.

A. W. Robertson

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