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  • Otis shared from Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    In order to “win a man to your cause,” Lincoln explained, you must first reach his heart, “the great high road to his reason.”
  • Otis shared from Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    Northern sentiment had been inflamed further by the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Less than a year after its publication in March 1852, more than three hundred thousand copies of the novel had sold in the United States, a sales rate rivaled only by the Bible. Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass later likened it to “a flash” that lit “a million camp fires in front of the embattled hosts of slavery,” awakening such powerful compassion for the slave and indignation against slavery that many previously unconcerned Americans were transformed into advocates...
    Note: the power of literature
  • Otis shared from Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    Lincoln replied that he was more than willing to die, but that he had “done nothing to make any human being remember that he had lived, and that to connect his name with the events transpiring in his day and generation and so impress himself upon them as to link his name with something that would redound to the interest of his fellow man was what he desired to live for.”
  • Otis shared from Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition,” he wrote. “I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
    Note: lincolns motivation
  • Otis shared from a Personal Document
    No matter how exotic human civilization becomes, no matter the developments of life and society nor the complexity of the machine / human interface, there always come interludes of lonely power when the course of humankind, the very future of humankind, depends upon the relatively simple actions of single individuals.
(San Francisco, CA United States)
Otis Chandler