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Think Freedom! | Chains Unshackled : Do you know the taste of freedom? Having tasted, you could never go back. That is a summation of one giant amongst men. No, not just giant, but a titan among US presidents.

How did one reared in humble poverty, not become crushed by self-pity or misperception of ignominy? Born into wealth, and not of poverty; Abraham Lincoln could have easily fallen into the “woe is me” trap which many who were once wealthy then poor, succumb to. After all, at a peak of familial wealth, his father owned two 600-acre (240 ha) farms, several town lots, livestock, and horses at the time of Abraham’s birth.

Surrounded by perhaps, few books; Abraham Lincoln read and re-read the King James Version Bible, Aesop’s Fables, Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and Franklin’s Autobiography. Having no more than a year of formal education, Abraham Lincoln self-educated, and became a country lawyer.

One of Abraham Lincoln’s notable achievements has been emancipation of African Americans from slavery. This was the context in which he penned the quote in this pic, in a letter to General S. A. Hurlbut. Eloquence made manifest in the writings of a man who fell into humility, but not victim of poverty. How did he do it?

“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.”

(Abraham Lincoln)

Start your financial emancipation today. Read | Learn | Like | Comment | Share. Emancipate yourself from quasi slavery of ladder-climbing. Once you taste Owner Class live.freeLiving, you will never want to slip back.

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