express it; but no sooner.
He had no faith, and no respect for “say so's,” come though they might from tradition or authority.
Thus everything had to run through the crucible, and be tested by the fires of his analytic mind; and when at last he did speak, his utterances rang out with the clear and keen ring of gold upon the counters of the understanding.
He reasoned logically through analogy and comparison.
All opponents dreaded his originality of idea, his condensation, definition, and force of expression; and woe be to the man who hugged to his bosom a secret error if Lincoln
got on the chase of it. I repeat, woe to him!
Time could hide the error in no nook or corner of space in which he would not detect and expose it.
Though gifted with accurate and acute perception, though a profound thinker as well as analyzer, still Lincoln
's judgment on many and minor matters was oftentimes childish.
By the word judgment I do not mean what mental philosophers would call the exercise of; reason, will — understanding; but I use the term in its popular sense.
I refer to that capacity or power which decides on the fitness, the harmony, or, if you will, the beauty and appropriateness of things.
I have always thought, and sometimes said, Lincoln
lacked this quality in his mental structure.
He was on the alert if a principle was involved or a man's rights at stake in a transaction; but he never could see the harm in wearing a sack-coat
instead of a swallowtail to an evening party, nor could he realize the