Abraham Lincoln Quote
Submitted to the Sec. of War. On principle I dislike an oath which requires a man to swear he has not done wrong. It rejects the Christian principle of forgiveness on terms of repentance. I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter.
Abraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings Part 2: 1859-1865: Library of America #46 (ed. Library of America, 1989) - ISBN: 9781598531213