While watching the news after the Obama Inauguration on Tuesday I saw a report on the top 10 Inauguration Speeches of all time. To no surprise Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address was listed as the best ever.
Below are Lincoln’s closing remarks from that speech, remarks made in the hope of binding the wounds of the country after years of civil war, remarks that I personally doubt will ever be surpassed in any inauguration speech.
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.” – Abraham Lincoln
Click here to see the full text of: Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address – March 4, 1865