Quote by David Herbert Donald
The big biography of Lincoln necessarily had to do so much with his political career, his ambitions, his accomplishments in public, with less time to spend on his private life, his inner life, and I thought this might be a way of getting at that.
This quote highlights the challenge of capturing the essence of Abraham Lincoln's life in a comprehensive biography. It reveals the focus on Lincoln's political career, ambitions, and public achievements, which leaves less room to delve into his personal and inner life. The speaker suggests that examining aspects beyond his public persona can provide a deeper understanding of Lincoln's character, thus implying the importance of exploring his private sphere as well.
There is no such thing as a good influence. Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtures are not real to him. His sins, if there are such thing as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him.