1999 Mount Rushmore
International Writing Contest
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America

If they could speak today,
what might they say?

First Place Winner: Adult Prose
Gloria M. Pelcher
Garland, Texas

Lincoln: The Same Words

If Abraham Lincoln spoke today he would say the same words he said many years ago:

For being true to yourself and others he would say, "You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."

For achieving excellence he would say, "I never had a policy I have just tried to do my very best each and every day."

For feeling the inner man he would say, "When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion."

For making progress he would say, "I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."

For standing up for what is right he would say, "The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."

For freedom for all mankind he would say, "…No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."

And for faith in a dream he would say, "I will prepare and some day my chance will come."