with him. If, on the other hand, the story is colored or the facts in any degree suppressed, the reader will be not only misled, but imposed upon as well.
At last the truth will come, and no man need hope to evade it.
“There is but one true history in the world,” said one of Lincoln
's closest friends to whom I confided the project of writing a history of his life several years ago, “and that is the Bible
It is often said of the old characters portrayed there that they were bad men. They are contrasted with other characters in history, and much to the detriment of the old worthies.
The reason is, that the Biblical historian told the whole truth — the inner life.
The heart and secret acts are brought to light and faithfully photographed.
In other histories virtues are perpetuated and vices concealed.
If the life of King David had been written by an ordinary historian the affair of Uriah would at most have been a quashed indictment with a denial of all the substantial facts.
You should not forget there is a skeleton in every house.
The finest character dug out thoroughly, photographed honestly, and judged by that standard of morality or excellence which we exact for other men is never perfect.
Some men are cold, some lewd, some dishonest, some cruel, and many a combination of all. The trail of the serpent is over them all!
Excellence consists, not in the absence of these attributes, but in the degree in which they are redeemed by the virtues and graces of life.
's character will, I am certain, bear close scrutiny.
I am ”