My motto for writing, according to Abraham Lincoln.

I have previously posted my motto for writing:

“My design was not so much to contribute new facts as to shape the narrative in such a way as to emphasize relations of cause and effect that are often buried in the mass of details.”

~ John Fiske, The American Revolution, Volume 1:vii.

Abraham Lincoln expressed a similar sentiment in his famous Cooper Union Address:

The facts with which I shall deal this evening are mainly old and familiar; nor is there anything new in the general use I shall make of them. If there shall be any novelty, it will be in the mode of presenting the facts, and the inferences and observations following that presentation.

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One response to “My motto for writing, according to Abraham Lincoln.

  1. Although I have some issues with “Honest” Abe, he’s right about the novelty of presentation. After all, that’s why Madison Avenue keeps on cashing those big advertising checks.

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