Excerpt from Lectures and Sermons
As John Stuart Mill said, Lincoln is the kind of a man Carlyle in his better days taught us to worship as a hero. Yet the elements of his nature were so ordinary - his intel lect', as Phillips Brooks observed, was so moral, ' and his morality so intel ligent - that when we take them apart they seem so common that some have denied that he was a genius at all but only a common man expanded to giant Joshua Speed described him. But when we put those elements together they make a combination so extraordinary that he baffles us by the very mystery of his simplicity. His ideas are like the sky and the dirt, so large and obvious that men walk under them, and over them, without realizing how great they are. He was absolutely unique in the conditions of his life, but still more in the qualities of his genius, and it will be many a day before we see the like of him again.
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