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The old general rule was that educated people did not perform manual labor….. But now, especially in these free states, nearly all are educated—quite to nearly all, to leave the labor of the uneducated, in any wise adequate to the support of the whole. It follows from this that henceforth educated people must labor.

~ Abraham Lincoln address at the Wisconsin State Fair; September 30, 1859. Edited by Meg Distinti, Leadership Lessons of Abraham Lincoln

 

Advancement—improvement in condition—is the order of things in a society of equals. As labor is the common burden of our race, so the effort of some to shift their share of the burden on to the shoulders of others is the great durable curse of the race.

~ Abraham Lincoln fragment; written circa July 1854. Edited by Meg Distinti, Leadership Lessons of Abraham Lincoln

All creation is a mine, and every man, a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself, in his physical, moral, and intellectual nature, and his susceptibilities, are the infinity various “leads” from which, man, from the first, was to dig out his destiny.

~ Abraham Lincoln Lecture to W.H. Herndon; June 22, 1848. Edited by Meg Distinti, Leadership Lessons of Abraham Lincoln