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Old 11-19-2013, 07:59 AM   #671
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From 1863:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on
this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a
great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived
and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of
that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final
resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might
live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But,
in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can
not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled
here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it
can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to
be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have
thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to
the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we
take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full
measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead
shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have
a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the
people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
--Abraham Lincoln
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:19 AM   #672
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From 1863:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on
this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a
great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived
and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of
that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final
resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might
live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But,
in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can
not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled
here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it
can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to
be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have
thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to
the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we
take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full
measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead
shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have
a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the
people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
--Abraham Lincoln
<https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln>
Oh how wrong he was. Ask any school kid.

One of the greatest speeches ever made.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:40 AM   #673
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Nice work, PF.

Let us not forget Doris Lessing, Oct. 22, 1919 - Nov. 17, 2013, Nobel Prize-winning author. One of her sage observations:

"How attractive are the tidy conclusions of hindsight."
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:02 AM   #674
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Thanks Tin! One of the first pieces I ever memorized.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:48 PM   #676
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:50 AM   #677
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Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an
author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, I'd be a
politician.
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Too bad most politicians don't ask better questions.
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