Abraham Lincoln Quotes:
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.Abraham Lincoln
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
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
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.Abraham Lincoln
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.Abraham Lincoln
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.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
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.Abraham Lincoln
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.Abraham Lincoln
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
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.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.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 philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.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
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
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
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
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
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.Abraham Lincoln
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.Abraham Lincoln
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.Abraham Lincoln
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.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
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
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.Abraham Lincoln
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.Abraham Lincoln
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.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
A house divided against itself cannot stand.Abraham Lincoln
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – 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.Abraham Lincoln
In so far as the government lands can be disposed of, I am in favor of cutting up the wild lands into parcels so that every poor man may have a home.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 have always hated slavery, I think, as much as any abolitionist. I have been an Old Line Whig. I have always hated it, but I have always been quiet about it until this new era of the introduction of the Nebraska Bill began.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
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
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
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.
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.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.Abraham Lincoln
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.Abraham Lincoln