Abraham Lincoln Quotes | Quotes by Abraham Lincoln
1Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
2The leading rule for a man of every calling is diligence; never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
3I was elected a Captain of Volunteers--a success which gave me more pleasure than any I have had since.
4Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
5I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
6All 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.
7Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
8Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
9A man watches his pear-tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.
10Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.
11Shall we stop this bleeding?
12A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
13You can鈥檛 make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak
14Should my administration prove to be a very wicked one...or a very foolish one, if you, the people, are true to yourselves and the Constitution, there is little harm I can do, thank God.
15Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.
16The slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters, as you are the master of your own negroes.
17I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, that the working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous, and as you added that those were the sentiments of the gentlemen present, representing not only the working class, but citizens of other callings than those of the mechanic, I am happy to concur with you in these sentiments, not only of the native born citizens, but also of the Germans and foreigners from other countries.
18When any church will inscribe over its altar, as its sole qualification for membership, the Savior's condensed statement of the substance of both law and Gospel, 'Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and thy neighbor as thyself' that church will I join with all my heart and all my soul.
19I am nothing, truth is everything.
20I never did ask more, nor ever was willing to accept less, than for all the States, and the people thereof, to take and hold their places, and their rights, in the Union, under the Constitution of the United States. For this alone have I felt authorized to struggle; and I seek neither more nor less now.
21Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
22He has got the slows, Mr. Blair.
23What has ever threatened our liberty and prosperity save and except this institution of Slavery?
24He who does something at the head of one Regiment, will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.
25Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap - let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primmers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice.
26I have just read your dispatch about sore-tongued and fatigued horses, Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the Battle of Antietam that fatigues anything?
27Prosperity is the fruit of labor. It begins with saving money.
28Great men are ordinary men with extra ordinary determination.
29So viewing the issue, no choice was left but to call out the war power of the Government; and so to resist force, employed for its destruction, by force, for its preservation.
30I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.
31Money possesses no value to the state other than that given to it by circulation.
32A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
33The eyes of that species of extinct giant, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara as our eyes do now.
34When the hour comes for dealing with slavery, I trust I will be willing to do my duty though it cost my life.
35I hold it to be a paramount duty of us in the free states, due to the Union of the states, and perhaps to liberty itself (paradox though it may seem) to let the slavery of the other states alone; while, on the other hand, I hold it to be equally clear, that we should never knowingly lend ourselves directly or indirectly, to prevent that slavery from dying a natural death--to find new places for it to live in, when it can no longer exist in the old.
36We must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued.
37Military necessity does not admit of cruelty - that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, . . . nor of torture to extort confessions.
38Friends, I agree with you in Providence; but I believe in the Providence of the most men, the largest purse, and the longest cannon.
39No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
40Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.
41It is much easier to ride a horse in the direction it is going.
42A 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.
43Can treaties be more faithfully enforced between aliens than laws can among friends? Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides, and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions as to terms of intercourse are again upon you.
44Now what is Judge Douglas Popular Sovereignty? It is, as a principle, no other than that, if one man chooses to make a slave of another man, neither that other man nor anybody else has a right to object.
45Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. 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.
46I would like to speak in terms of praise due to the many brave officers and soldiers who have fought in the cause of the war.
47Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other right.
48If frienship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.
49No State, upon it own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union. Resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally nothing. I therefore consider that the Union is unbroken. There needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless forced upon the national authority.
50All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself ... are the infinitely various "leads" from which, man, from the first, was to dig out his destiny.
51We believe that the spreading out and perpetuity of the institution of slavery impairs the general welfare. We believe - nay, we know, that that is the only thing that has ever threatened the perpetuity of the Union itself.
52I believe the declaration that 鈥榓ll men are created equal鈥?is the great fundamental principle upon which our free institutions rest.
53Liquor may have its defenders, but it has no defense.
54The best way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends.
55The political horizon looks dark and lowering; but the people, under Providence, will set all right.
56The plainest print cannot be read through a gold eagle.
57Be excellent and party on dudes.
58We 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.
59There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal.
60As we keep or break the Sabbath Day we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises.
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