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Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln: Speech of Hon. James M. Graham, of Illinois, in the House of Representatives, February 12, 1913
If we accept the criterion that he that ruleth his own spirit is greater than he that taketh a city, still was Lincoln a great man.
If the ability to recognize and understand right principles and to stand for them and stand by them, in gloom and defeat as well as in sunshine and victory, is a sign of greatness. Still was Lincoln great.
If absolute and abiding faith in the ultimate triumph of that which is right because it is right is a sign of greatness, he had it.
If the broadest charity, the greatest magnanimity, the most complete absence of the spirit of resentment is an evidence of greatness, then was Lincoln superlatively great.
If a deep, strong, boundless, active, and abiding sympathy for all those who labor and are heavy laden is an evidence of greatness, he had it in a degree approached by few other human beings.
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