Like a Rock


The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency recently posted a collection of quotations spuriously attributed to the Great Emancipator. My favorite:

There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There's nothing good in war except its ending.

According to the story in today's Washington Times, this quote was "attributed to Lincoln by antiwar protesters earlier this year." Worse, it showed up in a January speech by outgoing Illinois Gov. George Ryan at the Northwestern University College of Law. Ryan claimed "that's what Abraham Lincoln said about the bloody war between the states."

I'm not sure whether you should be proud or embarrassed to recognize the actual source.