Abe Lincoln Quotes



 

"Whatever you are, be a good one."

"Freedom is the last, best hope of earth."

"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong."

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

"I am a slow walker, but I never walk back."

"Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master."

"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."

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

"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free."

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

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

"We fight the battle of Liberty, not in this land only, but throughout the world."

"I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number."

"I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free."

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

"If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four sharpening the axe."

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

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

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

"I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me."

"In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man."

"Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good in the world."

"I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me."

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

"This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave."

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

"The hope of the friends of freedom throughout the world rests upon the perpetuity of this Union."

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

"I am much indebted to the good Christian people of the country for their constant prayers and consolations;

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

"Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention."

"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

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

"Character is like a tree and reputation is like a 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, under a just God, can not long retain it."

"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."

"It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him."

"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."

"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."

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure."

"I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal."

"That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

"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."

"I do not think I could myself, be brought to support a man for office, whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion."

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

"The Republican party, on the contrary, hold that this government was instituted to secure the blessings of freedom, and that slavery is an unqualified evil to the negro, to the white man, to the soil, and to the State."

"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."

"Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came..."

"I am a patient man ó always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance; and also to give ample time for repentance."

"I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side."

"In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book."

"There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite."

"I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer who remarked to a companion once that 'it was not best to swap horses while crossing streams'."

"Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."

"Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty."

"That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."

"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."

"Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."

"Under that principle we have become from a feeble nation, the most powerful on the face of the earth, and if we only adhere to that principle, we can go forward increasing in territory, in power, in strength and in glory until the Republic of America shall be the North Star that shall guide the friends of freedom ? throughout the civilized world."

"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, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

"I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts, that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com