As a writer, you owe it to yourself not to get stuck in a rut of looking at the world in a certain way.
– Hilary Mantel
People don’t realize what a brilliant politician Lincoln was. Looking back, we want to ascribe a level of providence to his every decision but he was a cunning and calculating politician; from the cultivation of his image as a hayseed from Illinois, to his ability to keep this country together under dire circumstances.
– Henry Louis Gates