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‘Better Angels of our Nature’
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Spoken at an inaugural address one of our greatest early presidents referred to the “Better Angels of our Nature.” In the mid-19th century, this was a common figure of speech familiar to many citizens of the United States. As explained on the website English Language and Usage, “this phrase would have called forth the notions of enlightened, calm and virtuous judgement-the best guides to sensible and honorable conduct in any person or nation.”