Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Caitlin Cole

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. -Abraham Lincoln In this quote I think that Lincoln is saying that it’s okay to fail because everyone fails at some point. It’s a matter of if you’re okay with your failure or not. He is saying that you shouldn’t be okay with your failure. He is saying that even if you fail multiple times you still need to keep trying. Lincoln himself failed many times in his life. Lincoln started two businesses and failed at both of them. He ran for state legislature and lost, went to become a speaker of the state legislature and got defeated, went to become an elector and got defeated, ran for congress and lost, ran for re-election in congress and lost, ran for senate of the United States twice and lost both elections, sought to be Vice President of his party and got less than 100 votes. Despite all of these failures Lincoln didn’t give up. He wasn’t content with his failures and kept trying and went on to become one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. He was known as the greatest because he didn’t give up after all his failures. If Lincoln decided to give up after all his failures he wouldn’t have been know as one the greatest presidents. The next time you fail, think of Abraham Lincoln and all the times he failed on his journey to the White House, and how he didn’t give up and how he became one of the greatest presidents in the United States. Caitlin Cole Fisher High School Fisher, Illinois