Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 3

Prisoner

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2005 on USA

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    • Robert Goren: That's the cornerstone of– of your proposal. Greeting cards that… that address the better angels of our nature.

      This is a reference to the final lines in Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address in which he made his case for the Union's precedence over individual or groups of states, arguing against secession:

      I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

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