I can only say that I have acted upon my best convictions without selfishness or malice, and that by the help of God, I shall continue to do so.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. letter to Agenor-Etienne de Gasparin, Aug. 4, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 356, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).