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456 Inspiring Quotes by Abraham Lincoln

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Wikipedia Summary for Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country's greatest moral, cultural, constitutional, and political crisis. He succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy.

Lincoln was born into poverty in a log cabin and was raised on the frontier primarily in Indiana. He was self-educated and became a lawyer, Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator, and U.S. Congressman from Illinois. In 1849, he returned to his law practice but became vexed by the opening of additional lands to slavery as a result of the Kansas–Nebraska Act. He reentered politics in 1854, becoming a leader in the new Republican Party, and he reached a national audience in the 1858 debates against Stephen Douglas. Lincoln ran for President in 1860, sweeping the North in victory. Pro-slavery elements in the South equated his success with the North's rejection of their right to practice slavery, and southern states began seceding from the union. To secure its independence, the new Confederate States fired on Fort Sumter, a U.S. fort in the South, and Lincoln called up forces to suppress the rebellion and restore the Union.

As the leader of moderate Republicans, Lincoln had to navigate a contentious array of factions with friends and opponents on both sides. War Democrats rallied a large faction of former opponents into his moderate camp, but they were countered by Radical Republicans, who demanded harsh treatment of the Southern Confederates. Anti-war Democrats (called "Copperheads") despised him, and irreconcilable pro-Confederate elements plotted his assassination. Lincoln managed the factions by exploiting their mutual enmity, by carefully distributing political patronage, and by appealing to the U.S. people. His Gettysburg Address became a historic clarion call for nationalism, republicanism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy. Lincoln scrutinized the strategy and tactics in the war effort, including the selection of generals and the naval blockade of the South's trade. He suspended habeas corpus, and he averted British intervention by defusing the Trent Affair. He engineered the end to slavery with his Emancipation Proclamation and his order that the Army protect and recruit former slaves. He also encouraged border states to outlaw slavery, and promoted the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery across the country.

Lincoln managed his own successful re-election campaign. He sought to heal the war-torn nation through reconciliation. On April 14, 1865, just days after the war's end at Appomattox, Lincoln was attending a play at Ford's Theatre with his wife Mary when he was assassinated by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln is remembered as a martyr and hero of the United States and is consistently ranked as one of the greatest presidents in American history.

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If we never try, we shall never succeed.

--Abraham Lincoln


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All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Think of strangers as friends you have not met yet.

--Abraham Lincoln

black bird flying on white background

I do not wish you to believe that I assume to be any better than others who have gone before me.

--Abraham Lincoln




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The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.

--Abraham Lincoln

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A tendancy to melancholy is a misfortune, not a fault.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

A tendancy to melancholy...let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.


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The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.

--Abraham Lincoln

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If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.

--Abraham Lincoln

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If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.

--Abraham Lincoln

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In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.

--Abraham Lincoln

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To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I hear you have abolitionists here. We have a few in Illinois, but we shot one the other day.

--Abraham Lincoln

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No one has needed favours more than I, and generally, few have been less unwilling to accept them; but in this case, favour to me,would be injustice to the public, and therefore I must beg your pardon for declining it.

--Abraham Lincoln

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There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.'

--Abraham Lincoln

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We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The unpleasant events you are passing from will not have been profitless to you.

--Abraham Lincoln

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People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
in review of a book.

--Abraham Lincoln


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The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty.

--Abraham Lincoln


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Fondly do we hope, ferverently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.

--Abraham Lincoln


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Most people are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according to the bond of service -- the United States Constitution; and that, as such, I am responsible to them.

--Abraham Lincoln

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As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man.

--Abraham Lincoln

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We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.

--Abraham Lincoln



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While we are grateful to all the brave men and officers for the events of the past few days, we should, above all, be very grateful to Almighty God, who gives us victory.

--Abraham Lincoln


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A nation may be said to consist of its territory, its people, and its laws. The territory is the only part which is of certain durability.

--Abraham Lincoln


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If we exchange one dollar, we both have one dollar each. But if we exchange one good thought, we both have two good thoughts.

--Abraham Lincoln

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To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the most numerous.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Perhaps a man's character was like a tree, and his reputation like a shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is like the real thing.

--Abraham Lincoln

man in cowboy hat

Most of us are just about happy as we make up our minds to be.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right -- stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.


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You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold that desire with singleness of purpose.

--Abraham Lincoln


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Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.

--Abraham Lincoln



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I am glad to see that a system of labor prevails under which laborers can strike when they want to.

--Abraham Lincoln

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If you want to test a man's character, give him power.

--Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot have the right to do what is wrong!

--Abraham Lincoln


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No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent.

--Abraham Lincoln

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A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I pass my life in preventing the storm from blowing down the tent, and I drive in the pegs as fast as they are pulled up.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.

--Abraham Lincoln

fireplace on fire

Care for him who shall have borne the battle.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done.


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With this honor devolves upon you also a corresponding responsibility. As the country herein trusts you, so under God it will sustain you.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I have always wanted to deal with everyone I meet candidly and honestly. If I have made any assertion not warranted by facts, and it is pointed out to me, I will withdraw it cheerfully.

--Abraham Lincoln

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As a general rule, I abstain from reading reports of attacks upon myself, wishing not to be provoked by that to which I cannot properly offer an answer.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves.

--Abraham Lincoln




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We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world, by thus fostering Human Slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of Human Freedom.

--Abraham Lincoln

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It is sometimes well to be humble.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

A fellow once came to me to ask for an appointment as a minister abroad. Finding he could not get that, he came down to some more modest position. Finally, he asked to be made a tide-waiter. When he saw he could not get that, he asked me for an old pair of trousers. It is sometimes well to be humble.


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Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity. Posterity has done nothing for us.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Important principles may and must be inflexible.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.


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It must now atone in blood for its complicity in wickedness.

--Abraham Lincoln

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity.

--Abraham Lincoln

yellow flower in green grass field

It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life.

--Abraham Lincoln


flower garden

We cannot escape history.

--Abraham Lincoln



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My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.

--Abraham Lincoln

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A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism. Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left.


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Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed.


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Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defence.

--Abraham Lincoln


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This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.


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I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The Almighty has His own purposes.

--Abraham Lincoln

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It has long been recognized that the problems with alcohol relate not to the use of a bad thing, but to the abuse of a good thing.

--Abraham Lincoln



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In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.

--Abraham Lincoln

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major-general.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Determine the thing that can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.

--Abraham Lincoln


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God can not be for, and against the same thing at the same time.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature can not be changed.

--Abraham Lincoln

two clown fishes underwater

To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.

--Abraham Lincoln

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With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.

--Abraham Lincoln

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By what principle of original right is it that one-fiftieth or one-ninetieth of a great nation, by calling themselves a State, have the right to break up and ruin that nation as a matter of original principle?

--Abraham Lincoln

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.

--Abraham Lincoln

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If ever this free people, if this Government itself is ever utterly demoralized, it will come from this incessant human wriggle and struggle for office, which is but a way to live without work.

--Abraham Lincoln

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My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.

--Abraham Lincoln

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What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?

--Abraham Lincoln



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Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.

--Abraham Lincoln

cloudy sky

Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Avoid popularity if you would have peace.

--Abraham Lincoln

lighted candle in dark room

Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The Cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one, or even one hundred defeats.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

Never stir up litigation, a worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this, who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket?


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Peace does not appear so distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The only assurance of our nation's safety is to lay our foundation in morality and religion.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise.

--Abraham Lincoln

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What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Anyone can stand adversity but to test a person's character, give them power.

--Abraham Lincoln

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It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.

--Abraham Lincoln


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I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

--Abraham Lincoln

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My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.

--Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

--Abraham Lincoln

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A house divided against itself cannot stand.

--Abraham Lincoln

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A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Stand with anyone that is right; stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms.

--Abraham Lincoln

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If each of billions or trillions of leaves and snowflakes can display its own unique individual identity, how much more so should not each human being?

--Abraham Lincoln


person holding dried beans

Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or till I die, or am conquered, or my term expires, or Congress or the country forsakes me.

--Abraham Lincoln

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No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.

--Abraham Lincoln

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We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.

--Abraham Lincoln

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No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.

--Abraham Lincoln

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That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.

--Abraham Lincoln


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If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words.

--Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

--Abraham Lincoln



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Let the people on both sides keep their self-possession, and just as other clouds have cleared away in due time, so will this, and this great nation shall continue to prosper as before.

--Abraham Lincoln


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If you intend to go to work there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work, you can not get along anywhere.

--Abraham Lincoln

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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. It will become all one thing, or all the other.

--Abraham Lincoln

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We can not have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children's liberty.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The damnest scoundrel that ever lived, but in the infinite mercy of Providence... also the damnest fool.

--Abraham Lincoln

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To lead, you must touch men's hearts.

--Abraham Lincoln


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Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The power confided in me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

--Abraham Lincoln


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We must settle this question now--whether in a free government the minority have the right to break it up whenever they choose. If we fail, it will go far to prove the incapability of the people to govern themselves.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

--Abraham Lincoln

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My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and will be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The trouble with Hooker is that he's got his headquarters where his hindquarters aught to be.

--Abraham Lincoln

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A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Character is like a tree, and reputation is like its shadow.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.


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Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I am here; I must do the best I can, and bear the responsibility of taking the course which I feel I ought to take.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I am slow to listen to criminations among friends, and never espouse their quarrels on either side. My sincere wish is that both sides will allow bygones to be bygones, and look to the present and future only.

--Abraham Lincoln

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In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.


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We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

--Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

--Abraham Lincoln

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My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families -- second families, perhaps I should say.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.

--Abraham Lincoln


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A man's legs must be long enough to reach the ground.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

It has been said that one bad general is better than two good ones, and the saying is true if taken to mean no more than that an army is better directed by a single mind, though inferior, than by two superior ones at variance and cross-purposes with each other. And the same is true in all joint operations wherein those engaged can have none but a common end in view and can differ only as to the choice of means. In a storm at sea no one on board can wish the ship to sink, and yet not unfrequently all go down together because too many will direct and no single mind can be allowed to control.



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I belive that people should fight for what they believe and only what they believe.

--Abraham Lincoln

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To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Now I can ride. I have a pumpkin in each end of my sack.

--Abraham Lincoln

blue ocean

I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother. Happy Birthday Mom.

--Abraham Lincoln


man holding brown violin

Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?

--Abraham Lincoln

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What has ever threatened our liberty and prosperity save and except this institution of Slavery?

--Abraham Lincoln

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It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.

--Abraham Lincoln

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A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.

--Abraham Lincoln

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We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.

--Abraham Lincoln

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If you want your name to be remembered after your death either do something worth writing or write some thing worth reading.

--Abraham Lincoln

red rose flower

When arguing with a fool, make sure the opponent isn't doing the exact same thing.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.

--Abraham Lincoln

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.

--Abraham Lincoln




white petaled flowers beside gray wall

With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semicolin; it's a useful little chap.

--Abraham Lincoln

jellyfish under water photo

If we know where we are and something about how we got there, we might see where we are trending -- and if the outcomes which lie naturally in our course are unacceptable, to make timely change.

--Abraham Lincoln

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.

--Abraham Lincoln

empty seashore near high-rise building

Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object.

--Abraham Lincoln


landscape photography of waves and clouds

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

--Abraham Lincoln

man riding on boat on body of water

Adversity does not make us frail; it only shows us how frail we are.

--Abraham Lincoln

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God.

--Abraham Lincoln

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

I never trusted a man who never smoked or drank.

--Abraham Lincoln

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

And then, the negro being doomed, and damned, and forgotten, to everlasting bondage, is the white man quite certain that the tyrant demon will not turn upon him too?

--Abraham Lincoln

worm's eye view of trees during night time

If I were two-faced would I be wearing this one?

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.

--Abraham Lincoln


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The matter of fees is important, far beyond the mere question of bread and butter involved. Properly attended to, fuller justice is done to both lawyer and client.

--Abraham Lincoln

green leafed tree with sunlight at daytime

I intend discourtesy to no one.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.

--Abraham Lincoln

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Offering thanks in the midst of tragedy is an American tradition, . even during a bloody Civil War.

--Abraham Lincoln


person holding white ceramic cup with liquid

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

--Abraham Lincoln

white and blue sky during daytime

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

--Abraham Lincoln

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think and feel.

--Abraham Lincoln

beach during daytime

As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?

--Abraham Lincoln


mountains under white mist at daytime

Tangible language, which often tells more falsehoods than truths.

--Abraham Lincoln

couple sitting on the field facing the city

The plainest print cannot be read through a gold eagle.

--Abraham Lincoln

leafless tree on snow covered ground

When I go hear a man speak, I like to hear him speak like he's fighting a swarm of bees.

--Abraham Lincoln

sunflower field during daytime

Lonely men seek companionship. Lonely women sit at home and wait. They never meet.

--Abraham Lincoln

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

If you have never failed you have never lived.

--Abraham Lincoln

laughing woman photo

Great distance in either time or space has wonderful power to lull and render quiescent the human mind.

--Abraham Lincoln

person holding white book

I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.

--Abraham Lincoln

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.

--Abraham Lincoln

yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel.

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.

--Abraham Lincoln


blue and black abstract painting

Be sure that you put your feet at the right place, then stand firm.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown sands

In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party.

--Abraham Lincoln

blue rose with water droplet

Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue.

--Abraham Lincoln

minimalist photography of open door

I do the very best I know how, the very best I can and I mean to keep doing so until the end.

--Abraham Lincoln

green trees on mountain during daytime

Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.

--Abraham Lincoln


two blue beach chairs near body of water

All the armies of Europe combined could not by force make a track upon the Blue Ridge, or take a drink from the Ohio. If we are to be destroyed, we must do it ourselves.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.


Arizona landscape

A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.

--Abraham Lincoln

person holding gray leaf

When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.

--Abraham Lincoln

lightning strike at night

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown grass field during daytime

Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.

--Abraham Lincoln

white pendant lamp

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

--Abraham Lincoln

red textile in close up photography

My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.

--Abraham Lincoln

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

Ability may get you to the top but it's character that will keep you there.

--Abraham Lincoln

photo of pine tree

Never let your correspondence fall behind.

--Abraham Lincoln

round black and white analog alarm clock

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.

--Abraham Lincoln

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

--Abraham Lincoln

sunset

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.

--Abraham Lincoln

flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

--Abraham Lincoln

red and black logo

The Constitution is not a suicide pact.

--Abraham Lincoln

person wearing Apple watch

If elected I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same.

--Abraham Lincoln

man jumping on hill during golden hour

If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.

--Abraham Lincoln

sunset

Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me.

--Abraham Lincoln

couple sitting on the field facing the city

Let us renew our trust in god, and go forward without fear.

--Abraham Lincoln

person holding hands

The better angels of our nature.

--Abraham Lincoln

city lights from hill

Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind.

--Abraham Lincoln

white beans on white background

Never regret what you don't write.

--Abraham Lincoln

green trees on body of water during daytime

It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power.

--Abraham Lincoln

houses and trees during nighttime

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

Money possesses no value to the state other than that given to it by circulation.

--Abraham Lincoln

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

--Abraham Lincoln

beach during daytime

As a nation we began by declaring that all me are created equal. We now practically read it, all men are created equal except Negroes.

--Abraham Lincoln

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

--Abraham Lincoln

short-beak red bird on tree

No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression. My conscience is my own -- my creators -- not man's. I shall never sink the rights of mankind to the malice, wrong, or avarice of another's wishes, though those wishes come to me in the relation of client and attorney.



white flower with black background

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.

--Abraham Lincoln


brown wooden dock under night sky

While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.

--Abraham Lincoln


closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Let there be no compromise on the question of extending slavery. If there be, all our labor is lost, and, ere long, must be done again.

--Abraham Lincoln

yellow sunflower

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets, and that when ballots have fairly and constitutionall y decided there can be no successful appeal back to bullets.

--Abraham Lincoln



white tulip flower in close up photography

Ready are we all to cry out and ascribe motives when our toes are pinched.

--Abraham Lincoln

person holding hourglass

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

--Abraham Lincoln

white rose enclosed photograph

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.

--Abraham Lincoln



man standing outdoors

And having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown and gray brick wall

Nevertheless, amid the greatest difficulties of my Administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance on God, knowing that all would go well, and that He would decide for the right.

--Abraham Lincoln



person on road at sunset

I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it.

--Abraham Lincoln


selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

--Abraham Lincoln

person holding white book

Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?

--Abraham Lincoln



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Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.

--Abraham Lincoln

purple flowered hedge plants

I think that slavery is wrong, morally, socially and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union.

--Abraham Lincoln



green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed. They always have been, they always will be beaten.

--Abraham Lincoln

red rose in bloom during daytime

A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown humming bird flying in mid air

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

--Abraham Lincoln

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.

--Abraham Lincoln

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first six sharpening my axe.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.

--Abraham Lincoln

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other right.

--Abraham Lincoln

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

Thus let bygones be bygones. Let past differences, as nothing be.

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

These men ask for just the same thing: fairness, and fairness only. This is, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.

--Abraham Lincoln

pink tree

Never change horses in midstream.

--Abraham Lincoln

pink tulips in clear glass vase

I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

You are green, it is true; but they are green also. You are all green alike.

--Abraham Lincoln

sun

Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung.

--Abraham Lincoln

red blue yellow and red paint

I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.

--Abraham Lincoln

shallow focus photography of purple flower

Standing as I do, with my hand upon this staff, and under the folds of the American flag, I ask you to stand by me so long as I stand by it.

--Abraham Lincoln

pink tulips in close up photography

The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves -- in their separate, and individual capacities.

--Abraham Lincoln

yellow sunflower in close up photography

The political horizon looks dark and lowering; but the people, under Providence, will set all right.

--Abraham Lincoln


wide lake over sunset view

With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.

--Abraham Lincoln

grassland landscape

All I have learned, I learned from books.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Writing the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye is the great invention of the world.

--Abraham Lincoln

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not to either save or destroy Slavery.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.


shallow focus photography of stack of books

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.

--Abraham Lincoln

four handheld gardening tools on rack

The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.

--Abraham Lincoln

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.

--Abraham Lincoln

couple sitting on the field facing the city

Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.

--Abraham Lincoln

white printer paper on brown wooden table

Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.

--Abraham Lincoln

shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.

--Abraham Lincoln

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When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.

--Abraham Lincoln

purple

In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible, except with the passing of time.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once.


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Persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should be adopted to influence the conduct of men. The opposite course would be a reversal of human nature, which is God's decree and can never be reversed.

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.

--Abraham Lincoln

photography of white sky at golden hour

And I am glad to know that there is a system of labor -- where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.

--Abraham Lincoln


round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.'

--Abraham Lincoln

white brick wall

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

--Abraham Lincoln

white and purple flower in macro shot

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.

--Abraham Lincoln

pink flower with green stem

Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.

--Abraham Lincoln



brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

I am busily engaged in study of the Bible.

--Abraham Lincoln

grey hlalway

How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg.

--Abraham Lincoln


red white and black butterfly on green leaf

Illinois surpasses every other spot of equal extent upon the face of the globe in fertility of soil and in the proportionable amount of the same which is sufficiently level for actual cultivation.

--Abraham Lincoln

wall

I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.

--Abraham Lincoln


body of water under blue sky during sunset

Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men.

--Abraham Lincoln


tree under blue sky

The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

--Abraham Lincoln

purple

It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

--Abraham Lincoln


red rose in black background

You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.

--Abraham Lincoln

red flowers with water droplets

It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination.

--Abraham Lincoln


pink and red flowers

It is easiest to "be all things to all men," but it is not honest. Self-respect must be sacrificed every hour in the day.

--Abraham Lincoln

closed door

Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail.

--Abraham Lincoln

backdrop

I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I dont believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good.

--Abraham Lincoln

white and red flower with green leaves

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

--Abraham Lincoln

person holding yellow petaled flower

A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet.

--Abraham Lincoln

yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

I perhaps ought to say that individually I never was much interested in the Texas question. I never could see much good to come of annexation, inasmuch as they were already a free republican people on our own model.

--Abraham Lincoln

bird at pier

Elections belong to the people.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.


water color palette on white surface

I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.

--Abraham Lincoln

lights pattern swirls

The struggle of today is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also.

--Abraham Lincoln

view of mountaintops with clouds

I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the sky and say there is no God.

--Abraham Lincoln

jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream.

--Abraham Lincoln


a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government -- that is despotism.

--Abraham Lincoln

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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.

--Abraham Lincoln


black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

--Abraham Lincoln

silhouette of mountain under starry night

Life is hard but so very beautiful.

--Abraham Lincoln

landscape photography of waves and clouds

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

--Abraham Lincoln

assorted-colored cactus

There may sometimes be ungenerous attempts to keep a young man down; and they will succeed, too, if he allows his mind to be diverted from its true channel to brood over the attempted injury.

--Abraham Lincoln

green and blue chevron textile

You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough.

--Abraham Lincoln



selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.

--Abraham Lincoln

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He who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.

--Abraham Lincoln


blue flowers in tilt shift lens

When you lack interest in the case the job will very likely lack skill and diligence in the performance.

--Abraham Lincoln


assorted books on wooden table

Without Divine assistance I can not succeed; with it I can not fail.

--Abraham Lincoln

green leaf

This human struggle and scramble for office, for a way to live without work, will finally test the strength of our institutions.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown chopped logs

I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came.

--Abraham Lincoln

man wearing knit cap on grey background

Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.

--Abraham Lincoln

black and white rectangular frame

In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free -- honorable alike in that we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.

--Abraham Lincoln


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When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.

--Abraham Lincoln

brown wooden dock under night sky

Two principles have stood face-to-face from the beginning of time; and they will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings.

--Abraham Lincoln

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws, but to break up both and make new ones.

--Abraham Lincoln

photo of underwater

Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest.

--Abraham Lincoln

photo of brown wood slab

If you love something, set it free.

--Abraham Lincoln

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence.

--Abraham Lincoln

black and white rectangular frame

The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.

--Abraham Lincoln

shallow focus photography of orange flower

I am in favor of a national bank...in favor of the internal improvements system and a high protective tariff.

--Abraham Lincoln



pink and teal striped textile

One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended.

--Abraham Lincoln


blue sky

Military glory the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

Military glory-that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood-that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy.


green plant in tilt shift lens

You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.

--Abraham Lincoln

person behind fog glass

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

--Abraham Lincoln

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

--Abraham Lincoln

sunset

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

--Abraham Lincoln

red tulips

Again, a law may be both constitutional and expedient, and yet may be administered in an unjust and unfair way.

--Abraham Lincoln

pink tulip flower

If people see the Capitol going on, it is a sign we intend the Union shall go on.

--Abraham Lincoln

person holding gray leaf

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.

--Abraham Lincoln

body of water

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

--Abraham Lincoln


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The eyes of that species of extinct giant, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara as our eyes do now.

--Abraham Lincoln

houses and trees during nighttime

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

--Abraham Lincoln

red rose with droplets

The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity.

--Abraham Lincoln

Longer Version:

The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. What one of us but can call to mind some relative more promising in youth than all his fellows, who has fallen a sacrifice to his rapacity?


green trees on body of water during daytime

Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power.

--Abraham Lincoln


yellow and purple flower with white background

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

--Abraham Lincoln

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak, and as strong; as silly and as wise; asbad and good.

--Abraham Lincoln

pink and white flowers on white surface

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

--Abraham Lincoln

pink rose

The US patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man's course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle.

--Abraham Lincoln


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Tis better people think you a fool, then open your mouth and erase all doubt.

--Abraham Lincoln


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Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice.

--Abraham Lincoln



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When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.

--Abraham Lincoln

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It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.

--Abraham Lincoln


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We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.

--Abraham Lincoln

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There's nothing good in war. Except its ending.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I have always hated slavery, I think as much as any Abolitionist.

--Abraham Lincoln

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If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.

--Abraham Lincoln

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I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No--when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.

--Abraham Lincoln


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If frienship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.

--Abraham Lincoln

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A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home.

--Abraham Lincoln

sunset grasslands

I can make a General in five minutes, but a good horse is hard to replace.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Towering genius disdains a beaten path ... It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts for distinction.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them when they are invaded.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.

--Abraham Lincoln

green leafed plant

If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.

--Abraham Lincoln

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