Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Leadership, Education, Democracy, Freedom

16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln quotes can build or inspire to be a success. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln led the nation through its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis in the American Civil War. Friend, in this article we collect and share 200+ Abraham Lincoln quotes. So read and share your favorite quotes.

200+ Abraham Lincoln quotes

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

 

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Quotes on democracy
Abraham Lincoln Quotes on democracy

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

 

No man ever got lost on a straight road.Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Quotes on democracy
Abraham Lincoln Quotes on democracy

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Knavery and flattery are blood relations. — Abraham Lincoln

 

DO I NOT DESTROY MY ENEMIES WHEN I MAKE THEM MY FRIENDS? — Abraham Lincoln

 

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Quotes on democracy
Abraham Lincoln Quotes on democracy

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.  – Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Quotes on democracy
Abraham Lincoln Quotes on democracy

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. — Abraham Lincoln

 

A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership
Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking the time. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership
Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country… corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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 the most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.  – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership
Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down. –  Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.Abraham Lincoln

 

Whatever you are, be a good one. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership
Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

EVERY MAN’S HAPPINESS IS HIS OWN RESPONSIBILITY. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership
Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership

I am for the people of the whole nation doing just as they please in all matter which concerns the whole nation; for those of each part doing just as they choose in all matters which concern no other part, and for each individual doing just as he chooses in all matters which concern nobody else. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

 No man is good enough to govern another man without that other man’s consent. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. – Abraham Lincoln

AbrahamLincoln quotes on education
Abraham lincoln quotes on education

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? – Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affectionI destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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

AbrahamLincoln quotes on education
Abraham lincoln quotes on education

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

 

If you would win a man to your cause first convince him that you are his sincere friend. — Abraham Lincoln

 

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes on education
Abraham Lincoln quotes on education

Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. –  Abraham Lincoln

 

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes on education
Abraham Lincoln quotes on education

Every head should be cultivated. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. –  Abraham Lincoln

 

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. – Abraham Lincoln

 

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes
Abraham Lincoln quotes

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

 

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes. — Abraham Lincoln

 

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. — Abraham Lincoln

 

LEAVE NOTHING FOR TOMORROW WHICH CAN BE DONE TODAY. — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes
Abraham Lincoln quotes

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax. — Abraham Lincoln

 

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. – Abraham Lincoln

 

 I shall adopt new views as fast as they shall appear to be true views. — Abraham Lincoln

 

My great concern is not whether you have failed but whether you are content with your failure. – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes
Abraham Lincoln quotes

You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.  — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

Everybody likes a compliment. – Abraham Lincoln

 

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The best way to predict your future is to create it. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

A 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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution and will regret it all your life. — Abraham Lincoln

 

A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.  – Abraham Lincoln

 

The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book. Abraham Lincoln

 

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? — Abraham Lincoln

 

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. — Abraham Lincoln

 

You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. — Abraham Lincoln

 

MY BEST FRIEND IS A PERSON WHO WILL GIVE ME A BOOK I HAVE NOT READ. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. – Abraham Lincoln

 

 A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started … the fate of humanity is in his hands. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. – Abraham Lincoln

 

He has a right to criticize, who has the heart to help. — Abraham Lincoln

 

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. — Abraham Lincoln

 

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. –  Abraham Lincoln

 

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it is 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. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed. – Abraham Lincoln

 

All I have learned, I learned from books. – Abraham Lincoln

 

I desire to so conduct the affairs of the administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall have at least one friend left — and that friend shall be down inside of me. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves. — Abraham Lincoln

For my part, I desire to see the time when education – and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise, and industry – shall become much more general than at present, and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate the happy period. — Abraham Lincoln

 

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. – Abraham Lincoln

 

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. – Abraham Lincoln

 

My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh — anything but work. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Don’t worry, eat three square meals a day, say your prayers, be courteous to your creditors, keep your digestion good, steer clear of biliousness, exercise, go slow and go easy. Maybe there are other things that your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these, I reckon, will give you a good life.Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Don’t swap horses in crossing a stream. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward and give us victories. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.– Abraham Lincoln

 

If ever this free person, if this Government itself is ever utterly demoralized, it will come from this incessant human wriggle and struggle for office, which is but a way to live without work. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The ballot is stronger than the bullet. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home. — Abraham Lincoln

 

If McClellan is not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a while. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end, you are sure to succeed. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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. – Abraham Lincoln

 

I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise. – Abraham Lincoln

 

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I laugh because I must not cry, that is all. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch anything on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Man is not the only animal who labors, but he is the only one who improves his workmanship. –Abraham Lincoln

 

Life is hard but so very beautiful.Abraham Lincoln

 

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 is 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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

It’s not me who can’t keep a secret. It’s the people I tell that can’t. — Abraham Lincoln

 

A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. – Abraham Lincoln

 

The trouble with too many people is they believe the realm of truth always lies within their vision. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Everyone desires to live long, but no one would be old. – Abraham Lincoln

 

For people who like that kind of book that is the kind of book, they will like. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

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

 

You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose. – Abraham Lincoln

 

I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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 purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters. — Abraham Lincoln

 

In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. –  Abraham Lincoln

 

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them. — Abraham Lincoln

 

As an individual who undertakes to live by borrowing, soon finds his original means devoured by interest, and next to no one left to borrow from – so must it be with a new government. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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.– Abraham Lincoln

 

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us dare to do our duty as we understand it. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I can’t spare this man, he fights. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible. – Abraham Lincoln

 

What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree. — Abraham Lincoln

 

In so far as the government lands can be disposed of, I am in favor of cutting up the wildlands into parcels so that every poor man may have a home. — Abraham Lincoln

 

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. — Abraham Lincoln

 

If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.  – Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

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

 

Every person is responsible for his own looks after 40. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity. Posterity has done nothing for us. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I can make more generals, but horses cost money. – Abraham Lincoln

 

I have a congenital aversion to failure. — Abraham Lincoln

 

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well-wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature – opposition to it is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Adversity does not make us frail; it only shows us how frail we are. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Someday, I shall be President. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The achievement has no color. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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, the man was made for immortality. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I claim not to have controlled events but confess plainly that events have controlled me. — Abraham Lincoln

 

That I am not a member of any Christian church is true, but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures, and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindred’s. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Republicans are for both the man and the dollar but in case of conflict the man before the dollar. — Abraham Lincoln

 

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. — Abraham Lincoln

 

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we are called on to perform what we cannot. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. – Abraham Lincoln

 

 As labor is the common burden of our race, so the effort of some to shift their share of the burden onto the shoulders of others is the great durable curse of the race. — Abraham Lincoln

 

And having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think and feel. — Abraham Lincoln

 

If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan. — Abraham Lincoln

 

If people see the Capitol going on, it is a sign we intend the Union shall go on. — Abraham Lincoln

 

In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement. – Abraham Lincoln

 

Let the people know the truth and the country is safe. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement, I have the best of the bargain. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The man who could go to Africa and rob her of her children, and then sell them into interminable bondage, with no other motive than that which is furnished by dollars and cents, is so much worse than the most depraved murderer that he can never receive pardon at my hand. — Abraham Lincoln

 

You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then… find the way. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I know something about aircraft carriers. And I can’t wait to tell this country that landing on an aircraft carrier doesn’t make up for the lack of an economic plan or a security plan for the United States of America. — Abraham Lincoln

 

A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet. – Abraham Lincoln

 

 What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? — Abraham Lincoln

 

I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God bless the women of America! — Abraham Lincoln

 

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 Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and will be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away. – Abraham Lincoln

 

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. — Abraham Lincoln

 

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I see a very dark cloud on America’s horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Mr. Clay’s education, to the end of his life, was comparatively limited. I say “to the end of his life,” because I have understood that, from time to time, he added something to his education during the greater part of his whole life. Mr. Clay’s lack of a more perfect early education, however, it may be regretted generally, teaches at least one profitable lesson; it teaches that in this country, one can scarcely be so poor, but that if he will, he can acquire sufficient education to get through the world respectably. – Abraham Lincoln

 

 It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for the liberties of its people, can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The United States government must not undertake to run the Churches. When an individual, in the Church or out of it, becomes dangerous to the public interest he must be checked.— Abraham Lincoln

 

The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man’s course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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

 

Force is all-conquering, but it’s victories are short-lived. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. — Abraham Lincoln

 

It’s a party of hope for America. Lincoln gave Americans hope through equal opportunities for all. — Abraham Lincoln

 

 Persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should be adopted to influence the conduct of men. The opposite course would be a reversal of human nature, which is God’s decree and can never be reversed. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization. — Abraham Lincoln

 

I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace. — Abraham Lincoln

 

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. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung. — Abraham Lincoln

 

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. — Abraham Lincoln

 

The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty. — Abraham Lincoln

 

 In this and like communities public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed; consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes and decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed… — Abraham Lincoln

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