necessary to be so, and not otherwise.
At one moment he was pliable and expansive as gentle air; at the next as tenacious and unyielding as gravity itself.
Thus I have traced Mr. Lincoln
through his perceptions, his suggestiveness, his judgment, and his four predominant qualities: power of reason, understanding, conscience, and heart.
In the grand review of his peculiar characteristics, nothing creates such an impressive effect as his love of the truth.
It looms up over everything else.
His life is proof of the assertion that he never yielded in his fundamental conception of truth to any man for any end.
All the follies and wrong Mr. Lincoln
ever fell into or committed sprang out of these weak points: the want of intuitive judgment; the lack of quick, sagacious knowledge of the play and meaning of men's features as written on the face; the want of the sense of propriety of things; his tenderness and mercy; and lastly, his unsuspecting nature.
He was deeply and sincerely honest himself, and assumed that others were so. He never suspected men: and hence in dealing with them he was easily imposed upon.
All the wise and good things Mr. Lincoln
ever did sprang out of his great reason, his conscience, his understanding, his heart, his love of the truth, the right, and the good.
I am speaking now of his particular and individual faculties and qualities, not of their combination or the result of any combinations.
Run out these qualities and faculties abstractly, and see what they produce.
For instance, a tender heart, a strong reason, a broad understanding,