Quotes From Abraham Lincoln

There is no shortage of Quotes from Abraham Lincoln as he was one of the most outspoken figures in American history. Infinite wisdom comes through clearly in this collection of the most memorable Lincoln famous quotes.

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"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."

"Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition."

"He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help."

"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."

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

"Everybody likes a compliment."

"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."

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abraham_lincoln_quotes"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

"He who molds the public sentiment...makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make."

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

"Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible."

"God must love the common man, he made so many of them."

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"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."

"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."

"Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties."

"I can make more generals, but horses cost money."

"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."

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"I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends."

"Knavery and flattery are blood relations."

"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."

"Important principles may, and must, be inflexible."

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

"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."

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"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."

"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."

"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."

"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."

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"No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."

"Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this."

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

"Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory."

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"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_quotes_1"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

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

"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."

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."

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

"No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar."

"Avoid popularity if you would have peace."

"No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens."

"The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them."

"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."

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"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

"The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed."

"There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."

"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."

"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."

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"There is nothing true anywhere, The true is nowhere to be seen; If you say you see the true, This seeing is not the true one."

"These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people."

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."

"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."

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."

"To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary."

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"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."

"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."

"Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old."

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."

"We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it."

"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better."

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"I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause."

"With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die."

"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."

"Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored."

"I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."

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"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."

"I will prepare and some day my chance will come."

"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."

"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."

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"

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"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."

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

"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."

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"What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself."

"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."

"Whatever you are, be a good one."

"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee."

"When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees."

"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."

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"A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have."

"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 probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."

"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."

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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."

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

"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."

"When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run."

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"You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence."

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy."

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly."

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"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

"You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was."

"The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions."

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."

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"The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend."

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed."

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

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"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

"Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets."

"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day."

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."

"A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me."

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"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."

"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."

"As our case is new, we must think and act anew."

"Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all."

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"Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them."

"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."

"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."

"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."

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"Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong."

"Public opinion in this country is everything."

"With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed."

"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."

"Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar."

"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."

"Some day I shall be President."

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"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."

"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."

"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."

"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well."

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"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."

"Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything."

"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."
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