Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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Born: February 12, 1809, Nolin Creek, Hardin County (now LaRue County), Kentucky, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Washington, District of Columbia, USA, April 15, 1865
Occupation: President of the United States Ideology: Republican

1.
All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
- Abraham Lincoln

2.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
- Abraham Lincoln

3.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
- Abraham Lincoln

4.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
- Abraham Lincoln

5.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

6.
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
- Abraham Lincoln

7.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
- Abraham Lincoln

8.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
- Abraham Lincoln

9.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

10.
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

11.
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.
- Abraham Lincoln

12.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
- Abraham Lincoln

13.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
- Abraham Lincoln

14.
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

15.
I can make more generals, but horses cost money.
- Abraham Lincoln

16.
I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
- Abraham Lincoln

17.
I do the very best I know how - the very best I can and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln

18.
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

19.
I never had a policy I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

20.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
- Abraham Lincoln

21.
I want it said of me 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

22.
I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
- Abraham Lincoln

23.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.
- Abraham Lincoln

24.
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
- Abraham Lincoln

25.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

26.
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.
- Abraham Lincoln

27.
In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

28.
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

29.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
- Abraham Lincoln

30.
It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.
- Abraham Lincoln

31.
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

32.
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

33.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
- Abraham Lincoln

34.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

35.
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
- Abraham Lincoln

36.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

37.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

38.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

39.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
- Abraham Lincoln

40.
No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
- Abraham Lincoln

41.
Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
- Abraham Lincoln

42.
Sir, 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

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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

44.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

45.
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

46.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
- Abraham Lincoln

47.
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
- Abraham Lincoln

48.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
- Abraham Lincoln

49.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
- Abraham Lincoln

50.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
- Abraham Lincoln

51.
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
- Abraham Lincoln

52.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
- Abraham Lincoln

53.
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

54.
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
- Abraham Lincoln

55.
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.'
- Abraham Lincoln

56.
These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
- Abraham Lincoln

57.
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.
- Abraham Lincoln

58.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

59.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

60.
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

61.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
- Abraham Lincoln

62.
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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When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

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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

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

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