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150 Greatest Quotes Of All Time by Abraham Lincoln

150 Greatest Quotes Of All Time by Abraham Lincoln

150 Greatest Quotes Of All Time by Abraham Lincoln

“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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.” – Abraham Lincoln

“All I ask for the negro is that if you do not like him, let him alone. If God gave him but little, that little let him enjoy.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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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“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“Every person’s happiness is their own responsibility.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Everybody likes a compliment.” – Abraham Lincoln

“For people who like that kind of a book that is the kind of book they will like.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Human nature will not change. 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, as bad and as good.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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 by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I desire to so conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I distrust the wisdom if not the sincerity of friends who would hold my hands while my enemies stab me.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I have a congenital aversion to failure.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God bless the women of America!” – Abraham Lincoln

“I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer who remarked to a companion once that ‘it was not best to swap horses while crossing streams’.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement I have the best of the bargain.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“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

“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I will prepare and someday my chance will come.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” – Abraham Lincoln

“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“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

“If we have no friends, we have no pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them, and be doubly pained by the loss.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If you would win a man to your cause first convince him that you are his sincere friend.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.” – Abraham Lincoln

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“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

“Let us remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Life is hard but so very beautiful” – Abraham Lincoln

“Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Mr. Clay’s education, to the end of his life, was comparatively limited. I say “to the end of his life,” because I have understood that, from time to time, he added something to his education during the greater part of his whole life. Mr. Clay’s lack of a more perfect early education, however, it may be regretted generally, teaches at least one profitable lesson; it teaches that in this country, one can scarcely be so poor, but that, if he will, he can acquire sufficient education to get through the world respectably.” – Abraham Lincoln

“My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh — anything but work.” – Abraham Lincoln

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar” ― Abraham Lincoln

“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.” – Abraham Lincoln

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature – opposite to it, in his love of justice.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The legitimate object of government is to do for the people what needs to be done, but which they cannot, by individual effort, for at all, or do so well, for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“The one victory we can ever call complete will be that one which proclaims that there is not one slave or one drunkard on the face of God’s green earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“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

“The United States government must not undertake to run the Churches. When an individual, in the Church or out of it, becomes dangerous to the public interest he must be checked.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party – and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.” – Abraham Lincoln

“There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.” – Abraham Lincoln

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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 their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“This is a world of compensations; and 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, can not long retain it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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.” – Abraham Lincoln

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

“We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety clouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.” – Abraham Lincoln

“What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?” – Abraham Lincoln

“What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me” ― Abraham Lincoln

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You can tell the greatness of someone by what makes them angry” – Abraham Lincoln
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You think slavery is right and should be extended; while we think slavery is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us.” – Abraham Lincoln

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