Monday, March 24, 2014

Quote of the Week

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
- Abraham Lincoln

To me this is an odd phrase, and not something we hear often, if ever at all. Usually if we don't like someone, we tend to avoid them if we can, or if not, hopefully we practice civil tolerance. 

Mr. Lincoln deals with this a bit differently. It sounds as if his initial dislike of a person intrigues him, as if he is saying to himself, "I don't like him.  Why is that?"  In getting to know him better he may either decide he does, in fact, like him, or that indeed, he does not, but now he has a clear picture of why.

What are your thoughts on this?


  1. It sure speaks volumes about the kind of person he was. Whether benefit of the doubt.. or simply exploring the reasons behind his feelings, he clearly was a thinker.

  2. Hilary - Yes, having read a number of his quotes, he was definitely a thinking man.

  3. Oh, I like this one because it fits me to a tee. I struggle with making snap decisions about people, only to proved wrong most of the time.

    To me, this quote is an excellent reminder to verify your reasons for saying you don't like may just discover something about YOURSELF!

    Where do you find these quotes? You find some of the most interesting ones. I never seen this one from Lincoln. Good job.

    Is it warming up at all? I hope so.

  4. Sara-I know I'm guilty of the same thing. Lincoln was, indeed, a wise man.


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