July 31 – New transformations

New transformations
confront a common focus
creative freedom

Will not the good people respond to a united, and earnest appeal from us?

Can we, can they, by any other means, so certainly, or so speedily, assure these vital objects?

We can succeed only by concert.

It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?”

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present.

The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion.

As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.

We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Abraham Lincoln
Annual Message to Congress —
Concluding Remarks
Washington, D.C.
December 1, 1862

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