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Abraham Lincoln Says

In celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday in 2009, this feature will quote each week the words of Illinois's famous President.

"On the question of liberty as a principle, we are not what we have been.

When we were the political slaves of King George and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that "all men are created equal" a self-evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim " a self-evident lie."

Letter to George Robertson, Aug.15, 1855