Words by Abraham Lincoln

23 Mar



In June 2012 Malcolm Fraser was asked to give the 2012 Gough Whitlam Oration and he said:

“I am honoured to be asked to make this speech.”

During his speech, Malcolm Fraser said:

“I am reminded of some words of Abraham Lincoln:

I am not bound to win,

but I am bound to be true,

I am not bound to succeed,

but I am bound to live up to what light I have.

I must stand with anybody that stands right,

stand with him while he is right,

and part with him when he goes wrong.”


I think maybe some of our politicians would do good to think a bit about these words by Abraham Lincoln.

4 Responses to “Words by Abraham Lincoln”

  1. bkpyett March 23, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Wonderful, it must have taken a lot of courage to leave the Liberal Party that he once led.
    Pity that some of his fellow Liberals can’t see how wise Malcolm Fraser was.

  2. catterel March 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    That should be the mantra of ALL politicians – alas, most of them are self-seeking. Power corrupts.

    • auntyuta March 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      It is sad indeed, Cat. that even in democracies power can and does corrupt.

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