Quote by Abraham Lincoln
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.
This quote expresses a sense of complete vulnerability and helplessness, driving the speaker to seek solace or guidance through prayer. Despite the presence of wisdom from both within and around, the circumstances seem so overwhelming and insurmountable that the speaker feels limited in their ability to face the challenges of the day. It highlights the recognition that sometimes, in moments of despair or uncertainty, relying on a higher power or seeking external support can provide the strength and clarity needed to persevere.
You say that at the time of the Congress, in 1765, The great mass of the people were zealous in the cause of America. The great mass of the people is an expression that deserves analysis. New York and Pennsylvania were so nearly divided, if their propensity was not against us, that if New England on one side and Virginia on the other had not kept them in awe, they would have joined the British. Marshall, in his life of Washington, tells us, that the southern States were nearly equally divided. Look into the Journals of Congress, and you will see how seditious, how near rebellion were several counties of New York, and how much trouble we had to compose them. The last contest, in the town of Boston, in 1775, between whig and tory, was decided by five against two. Upon the whole, if we allow two thirds of the people to have been with us in the revolution, is not the allowance ample? Are not two thirds of the nation now with the administration? Divided we ever have been, and ever must be. Two thirds always had and will have more difficulty to struggle with the one third than with all our foreign enemies.