The Beauty of Humility: Lincoln on Conceding & Being Wrong - When Faith Gives Reason a Back Rub

The Beauty of Humility: Lincoln on Conceding & Being Wrong

We forget the beauty and wisdom of humility. As the bible puts it, “…with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2, ESV) While this is an issue for American culture in general, this election season especially,has seen this idea be challenged.

There are few better examples of the beauty and effectiveness of humility than Abraham Lincoln.

In just one speech, his first political announcement, which occurred on March 9th 1832, we can see some clear examples of this humility.

On Conceding

 “My case is thrown exclusively upon the independent voters of this county, and if elected they will have conferred a favor upon me, for which I shall be unremitting in my labors to compensate. But if the good people in their wisdom shall see fit to keep me in the back ground, I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.”

On Being Wrong

“But, Fellow-Citizens, I shall conclude.–Considering the great degree of modesty which should always attend youth, it is probable I have already been more presuming than becomes me.

However, upon the subjects of which I have treated, I have spoken as I thought. I may be wrong in regard to any or all of them; but holding it a sound maxim, that it is better to be only sometimes right, than at all times wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them.

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