Below are a few of his many famous quotes:
- Whatever you are, be a good one.
- You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
- With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
- I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
- If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe.
- I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
- I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise.
Although he was known for not being too interested in food in general, one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite recipes is below. This recipe is found all over the internet, but the version here is adapted from Lincoln’s Table by Donna D. McCreary.
Mary Todd Lincoln’s Almond White Cake
6 egg whites
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup almonds, blanched and coarsely ground
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray (or grease and flour). Beat the egg whites with a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, about 4 minutes; set aside. Combine flour and baking flour; sift together 3 times and set aside.
Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition. Stir in the almonds and vanilla.
Gently fold in the egg whites. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour, or until a pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack 1 hour; remove and cool completely. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.
A variation would be to bake in 9 x 1 1/2 inch pans and frost with either cream cheese or 7-minute frosting.
Happy Lincoln’s Birthday!