Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Abraham Lincoln quotes

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Abraham Lincoln

Born: 12th February 1809 in Kentucky, USA

Died: 15th April 1865 in Washington D.C., USA

Nationality: American

Profession: Lawyer

Famous for: Presidency of United States from 1861 to 1865

Famous Quotes by Abraham Lincoln:

[quote style="boxed"]A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]As our case is new, we must think and act anew.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Everybody likes a compliment.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I can make more generals, but horses cost money.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… 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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I will prepare and some day my chance will come.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don’t make it a leg.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Public opinion in this country is everything.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Some day I shall be President.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]A house divided against itself cannot stand.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Avoid popularity if you would have peace.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]He who molds the public sentiment… makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country’s cause.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Knavery and flattery are blood relations.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The ballot is stronger than the bullet.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, “Truth is the daughter of Time.”[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]Whatever you are, be a good one.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]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.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.[/quote]
[quote style="boxed"]You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.[/quote]