As we honor his birthday today, it’s worth remembering that Abraham Lincoln had his share of setbacks, personal and political — he knew what it felt like to fail and have to fight another day. We’ve all had them — and some of us bounce back more quickly than others. But whatever we’re experiencing, considering the following:
Lincoln “Failures” List
Lost job in 1832.
Defeated for state legislature in 1832.
Failed in business in 1833.
Elected to state legislature in 1834.
Sweetheart died in 1835.
Had nervous breakdown in 1836.
Defeated for Speaker in 1838.
Defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843.
Elected to Congress in 1846.
Lost renomination in 1848.
Rejected for land officer in 1849.
Defeated for U.S. Senate in 1854.
Defeated for nomination for Vice President in 1856.
Again defeated for U.S. Senate in 1858.
Elected President in 1860.
And now, a few quotes from a brilliant wordsmith to inspirit and inspire us:
Whatever you are, be a good one.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important
than any one thing.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser than he was yesterday.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abe really knew how to turn a phrase, didn’t he? Let’s do the same — and write on!
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