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All this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these, are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something, is the principle of "Liberty to all"--the principle that clears the path for all--gives hope to all--and, by consequence, enterprize, and industry to all. The expression of that principle, in our Declaration of Independence, was most happy, and fortunate. Without this, as well as with it, we could have declared our independence of Great Britain; but without it, we could not, I think, have secured our free government, and consequent prosperity. No oppressed, people will fight, and endure, as our fathers did, without the promise of something better, than a mere change of masters. The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word, "fitly spoken" which has proved an "apple of gold" to us. The Union, and the Constitution, are the picture of silver, subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not to conceal, or destroy the apple; but to adorn, and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple--not the apple for the picture. So let us act, that neither picture, or apple shall ever be blurred, or bruised or broken. That we may so act, we must study, and understand the points of danger. Abraham Lincoln

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All

this

is

not

the

result

of

accident



It

has

a

philosophical

cause



Without

the

Constitution

and

the

Union



we

could

not

have

attained

the

result



but

even

these



are

not

the

primary

cause

of

our

great

prosperity



There

is

something

back

of

these



entwining

itself

more

closely

about

the

human

heart



That

something



is

the

principle

of

"Liberty

to

all"



the

principle

that

clears

the

path

for

all



gives

hope

to

all



and



by

consequence



enterprize



and

industry

to

all



The

expression

of

that

principle



in

our

Declaration

of

Independence



was

most

happy



and

fortunate



Without

this



as

well

as

with

it



we

could

have

declared

our

independence

of

Great

Britain



but

without

it



we

could

not



I

think



have

secured

our

free

government



and

consequent

prosperity



No

oppressed



people

will

fight



and

endure



as

our

fathers

did



without

the

promise

of

something

better



than

a

mere

change

of

masters



The

assertion

of

that

principle



at

that

time



was

the

word



"fitly

spoken"

which

has

proved

an

"apple

of

gold"

to

us



The

Union



and

the

Constitution



are

the

picture

of

silver



subsequently

framed

around

it



The

picture

was

made



not

to

conceal



or

destroy

the

apple



but

to

adorn



and

preserve

it



The

picture

was

made

for

the

apple



not

the

apple

for

the

picture



So

let

us

act



that

neither

picture



or

apple

shall

ever

be

blurred



or

bruised

or

broken



That

we

may

so

act



we

must

study



and

understand

the

points

of

danger



Abraham

Lincoln



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