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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
ATTRIBUTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech delivered at the close of the Republican state convention, which named him the candidate for the United States Senate, Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 2, p. 461 (1953).

This is the opening sentence of the “house divided” speech. See note about this speech at No. 1851.
SUBJECTS: Judgment