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Abraham Lincoln
Agriculture
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This leads to the further reflection, that no other human occupation
opens so wide a field for the profitable and agreeable combination
of labor with cultivated thought, as agriculture. I know of nothing
so pleasant to the mind, as the discovery of anything which is at
once new and valuable -- nothing which so lightens and sweetens
toil, as the hopeful pursuit of such discovery. And how vast, and
how varied a field is agriculture, for such discovery. The mind,
already trained to thought, in the country school, or higher school,
cannot fail to find there an exhaustless source of profitable
enjoyment.

(from "Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society,"
September 30, 1859)

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