Honest Abe
Tuesday December 04th 2007, 12:45 pm
Filed under: Family,History

Rosemary at designsbyromi.com was quoting Abraham Lincoln, and asked if anyone else had any favorites quotes from him.

I do, but it wouldn’t make sense unless you also quoted Daniel H. Wells–who happens to be my grandmother’s grandfather. It’s one of those family stories that will endure forever.

They passed each other on the road, back in the early days of Illinois, two very tall men, Wells with flaming red hair. Lincoln challenged Wells with, “Stranger! Prepare to die. I promised myself if I ever met a man uglier than me, I would shoot him on sight!”

To which Wells responded, “Stranger! Go ahead and shoot. If I’m uglier than you, I don’t want to live!”

And both men headed off chuckling.

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Thanks for the chuckle!
As one of my favorite ‘quotables’ says
“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.”
– Samuel Clemens from “What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us”

Comment by Diana Troldahl 12.04.07 @ 2:04 pm


Comment by Amanda 12.04.07 @ 5:41 pm

That is one of the funniest things I have ever heard!

Comment by Vicki 12.04.07 @ 6:21 pm

Great story. Check out the Lincoln museum and libraryn when you’re anywhere near central Illinois. It’s impressive.

Comment by Eileen 12.04.07 @ 8:48 pm

Oh too funny! Thanks for a good laugh. Being able to laugh at yourself is a great gift.

Comment by Lisa 12.04.07 @ 9:12 pm


My favorite — and I can’t remember if it was Winston Churchill or David Lloyd George, but one of those British Prime Ministery types — is this:

Said PM was accused of being drunk. And he peered at his accusor and grinned. “That’s true, madam, but you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”

In other good news — blood pressure today down to 122/74. Yay!

Comment by kristine 12.04.07 @ 9:52 pm


Comment by AlisonH 12.04.07 @ 9:53 pm

Very funny – thank you for sharing. Thank you also for the Rabbit Tracks pattern. It is now one of my favs. I’m glad you saw the pic of it.

Comment by Jknits 12.05.07 @ 11:04 am

Oh, you made me smile! Just a few days ago, I was in a microbrewery, and saw this:
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to prosper.”–Ben Franklin

Or maybe this:
“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
OK, I can’t remember the quote right anymore, and I don’t even like beer, but the sentiment there was great! 🙂

Comment by Joanne 12.05.07 @ 4:03 pm

How wonderful is that!!

Comment by Sheila E 12.06.07 @ 10:41 am

You sure are connected! 🙂

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