Quotes by Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party. more

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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.

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
I dream 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.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.
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.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
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.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.
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.
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. 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.
I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.
All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
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.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 3. You cannot help small men up by tearing big men down. 4. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. 5. You cannot lift the wage-earner up by pulling the wage-payer down. 6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. 7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. 8. You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money. 9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a mans initiative and independence. 10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.

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