American Cultural Literacy: “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand”

 “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand”

Definition: Prov. If the members of a group fight each other, the group will disintegrate. (Often the group under discussion is a family.)

Sample Sentence: “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.” – Abraham Lincoln (House Divided Speech)

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