Abraham Lincoln Famous Quotes
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.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.
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.
Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
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.
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.
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.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
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.
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.
I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I can say this: that among my earliest recollections, I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand.
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.
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.
It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles – the oppression of tyranny – to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them.
Four score 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.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
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.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
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.
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.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
It is with your aid, as the people, that I think we shall be able to preserve – not the country, for the country will preserve itself, but the institutions of the country – those institutions which have made us free, intelligent and happy – the most free, the most intelligent, and the happiest people on the globe.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
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.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
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.
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.
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.