I’m sharing another Lincoln Quote Coloring Page today in honor of our 16th US President’s birthday. This one features Lincoln’s wise observation:
“You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
That’s good food for thought, isn’t it? It’s a balance we as parents are called to strike. We want to help our kids succeed, but to succeed, our kids must learn to do things without our help. But that’s often a difficult process to watch.
Of course, Lincoln was full of such solid observations. Here are a few more quotes of his I love:
- “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
- “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
- “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
- “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.”
- “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
- “It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.”
- “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
- “The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.”
- “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of just viewing President’s Day as another day off of work, we’d take time to study history and listen to what our country’s leaders thought about the problems of their day? With just a little bit of digging, we’d likely discover their struggles weren’t all that different from our own.
The Bible notes that same truth: “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
And, if we want to be on “the right side of history,” shouldn’t we share Lincoln’s great concern? Not that God be on our side, but that we be on God’s side?
More American Heritage Printables
Want more fun printables for folks who love America and long for it to be great again? You can download all you want through the links below:
- American Heritage Printables – browse through all of our past patriotic posts
- Fourth of July Coloring Pages – download a wide selection of pages celebrating American independence
- President’s Day Printables – a collection of coloring pages that feature quotes from our past commanders-in-chief
Or maybe you’d prefer a bound volume. If so, check out my devotional journals. The one in the center of the lineup below, God Bless America, was made just for patriotic citizens like you.
Packed with inspiring thoughts from our founding fathers and other great Americans, this journal will inspire you to think deeply about what it means to be a citizen of this great country. What is our responsibility to the rest of the world? How do we ensure the guiding principles on which our nation was established are never forgotten? Consider how you feel about these matters and use the space provided to write down your thoughts.
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