September 4, 2011
BOOK OF THE WEEK: WEEK THIRTY-SIX, 2011
Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Writings 1832-1858: Speeches, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher (New York: Library of America, 1989) (From "Notes on the Practice of Law": "The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man, of every calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow, which can be done to-day. . . . However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business, if he cannot make a speech. And yet there is not a more fatal error to young lawyers, than relying too much on speech-making. If any one, upon his rare powers of speaking, shall claim exemption from the drudgery of law, his case is a failure in advance." Id. at 245, 245).