Don’t swap horses in crossing a stream.Abraham Lincoln
A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major-general.Abraham Lincoln
I have great respect for the semicolon; it is a mighty handy little fellow.Abraham Lincoln
Gold is good in its place; but loving, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.Abraham Lincoln
The mystic cords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the angels of our nature.Abraham Lincoln
By what principle of original right is it that one-fiftieth or one-ninetieth of a great nation, by calling themselves a State, have the right to break up and ruin that nation as a matter of original principle?Abraham Lincoln
It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles – the oppression of tyranny – to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them.Abraham Lincoln
If the great American people will only keep their temper, on both sides of the line, the troubles will come to an end, and the question which now distracts the country will be settled just as surely as all other difficulties of like character which have originated in this government have been adjusted.Abraham Lincoln
Let the people on both sides keep their self-possession, and just as other clouds have cleared away in due time, so will this, and this great nation shall continue to prosper as before.Abraham Lincoln
Standing as I do, with my hand upon this staff, and under the folds of the American flag, I ask you to stand by me so long as I stand by it.Abraham Lincoln
It is with your aid, as the people, that I think we shall be able to preserve – not the country, for the country will preserve itself, but the institutions of the country – those institutions which have made us free, intelligent and happy – the most free, the most intelligent, and the happiest people on the globe.Abraham Lincoln
I understand a ship to be made for the carrying and preservation of the cargo, and so long as the ship can be saved, with the cargo, it should never be abandoned. This Union likewise should never be abandoned unless it fails and the possibility of its preservation shall cease to exist, without throwing passengers and cargo overboard.Abraham Lincoln
In my view of the present aspect of affairs, there is no need of bloodshed and war. There is no necessity for it. I am not in favor of such a course, and I may say in advance, there will be no blood shed unless it be forced upon the government. The government will not use force unless force is used against it.Abraham Lincoln
I am like a man so busy in letting rooms in one end of his house, that he can’t stop to put out the fire that is burning the other.Abraham Lincoln
I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life.Abraham Lincoln
If ever I feel the soul within me elevate and expand to those dimensions not wholly unworthy of its Almighty Architect, it is when I contemplate the cause of my country, deserted by all the world beside, and I standing up boldly and lone and hurling defiance at her victorious oppressors.Abraham Lincoln
The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.Abraham Lincoln
Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer’s avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech.Abraham Lincoln
I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.Abraham Lincoln
No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.Abraham Lincoln
A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.Abraham Lincoln
I have always been an old-line Henry Clay Whig.Abraham Lincoln
If I like a thing, it just sticks after once reading it or hearing it.Abraham Lincoln
It has so happened in all ages of the world that some have labored, and others have, without labor, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits.Abraham Lincoln
You may think it was a very little thing, and in these days it seems to me like a trifle, but it was a most important incident in my life. I could scarcely credit that I, the poor boy, had earned a dollar in less than a day; that by honest work, I had earned a dollar. I was a more hopeful and thoughtful boy from that time.Abraham Lincoln
I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I can say this: that among my earliest recollections, I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand.Abraham Lincoln
I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.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
Upon the subjects of which I have treated, I have spoken as I have thought. I may be wrong in regard to any or all of them; but, holding it a sound maxim that it is better only sometimes to be right than at all times to be wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them.Abraham Lincoln
Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.
There may sometimes be ungenerous attempts to keep a young man down; and they will succeed, too, if he allows his mind to be diverted from its true channel to brood over the attempted injury.
I perhaps ought to say that individually I never was much interested in the Texas question. I never could see much good to come of annexation, inasmuch as they were already a free republican people on our own model.Abraham Lincoln
It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life.Abraham Lincoln
My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families – second families, perhaps I should say.Abraham Lincoln
I am humble Abraham Lincoln. I have been solicited by my friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.Abraham Lincoln
We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.Abraham Lincoln
Illinois surpasses every other spot of equal extent upon the face of the globe in fertility of soil and in the proportionable amount of the same which is sufficiently level for actual cultivation.Abraham Lincoln
Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.Abraham Lincoln
It would astonish if not amuse the older citizens to learn that I (a strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy, working at ten dollars per month) have been put down as the candidate of pride, wealth, and aristocratic family distinction.Abraham Lincoln
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.Abraham Lincoln
I am rather inclined to silence.Abraham Lincoln
Biographies, as generally written, are not only misleading but false… In most instances, they commemorate a lie and cheat posterity out of the truth.Abraham Lincoln
It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws, but to break up both and make new ones.Abraham Lincoln
I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free.Abraham Lincoln
I think that slavery is wrong, morally, socially and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union.Abraham Lincoln
Among the friends of Union, there is great diversity of sentiment and of policy in regard to slavery and the African race among us.Abraham Lincoln
We can succeed only by concert. It is not, ‘Can any of us imagine better,’ but, ‘Can we all do better?’Abraham Lincoln
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We, of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.Abraham Lincoln
Whether slavery shall go into Nebraska, or other new territories, is not a matter of exclusive concern to the people who may go there. The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories. We want them for the homes of free white people.Abraham Lincoln
My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.Abraham Lincoln
In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and to the young, it comes with bitterest agony because it takes them unawares. I have had experience enough to know what I say.Abraham Lincoln
If the people of Utah shall peacefully form a State Constitution tolerating polygamy, will the Democracy admit them into the Union?Abraham Lincoln
If there should prove to be one real, living Free State Democrat in Kansas, I suggest that it might be well to catch him and stuff and preserve his skin as an interesting specimen of that soon-to-be-extinct variety of the genus Democrat.Abraham Lincoln
We think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. We know the court that made it has often overruled its own decisions, and we shall do what we can to have it overrule this.Abraham Lincoln
Our Declaration of Independence was held sacred by all and thought to include all; but now, to aid in making the bondage of the Negro universal and eternal, it is assailed, sneered at, construed, hawked at, and torn, till, if its framers could rise from their graves, they could not at all recognize it.Abraham Lincoln
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.Abraham Lincoln
Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States – old as well as new – North as well as South.Abraham Lincoln
Why was the amendment, expressly declaring the right of the people to exclude slavery, voted down? Plainly enough now, the adoption of it would have spoiled the niche for the Dred Scott decision.Abraham Lincoln
‘A living dog is better than a dead lion.’ Judge Douglas, if not a dead lion for this work, is at least a caged and toothless one. How can he oppose the advances of slavery? He don’t care anything about it.Abraham Lincoln
I have said a hundred times, and I have no inclination to take it back, that I believe there is no right, and ought to be no inclination in the people of the free States to enter into the slave States, and to interfere with the question of slavery at all. I have said that always.Abraham Lincoln
I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, you begin making exceptions to it, where will you stop? If one man says it does not mean a Negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man?Abraham Lincoln
I can express all my views on the slavery question by quotations from Henry Clay.Abraham Lincoln
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.Abraham Lincoln
When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying.Abraham Lincoln
Repeal the Missouri Compromise – repeal all compromises – repeal the Declaration of Independence – repeal all past history, you still cannot repeal human nature. It will be the abundance of man’s heart that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.Abraham Lincoln
To the best of my judgment, I have labored for, and not against, the Union. As I have not felt, so I have not expressed any harsh sentiment towards our Southern brethren. I have constantly declared, as I really believed, the only difference between them and us is the difference of circumstances.Abraham Lincoln
The legal right of the Southern people to reclaim their fugitives I have constantly admitted. The legal right of Congress to interfere with their institution in the states, I have constantly denied.Abraham Lincoln
I go for all sharing the privileges of the government, who assist in bearing its burdens. Consequently, I go for admitting all whites to the right of suffrage, who pay taxes or bear arms (by no means excluding females).Abraham Lincoln
The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them when they are invaded.Abraham Lincoln
I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise.Abraham Lincoln
Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap – let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice.Abraham Lincoln
That our government should have been maintained in its original form from its establishment until now is not much to be wondered at. It had many props to support it through that period, which now are decayed and crumbled away. Through that period, it was felt by all to be an undecided experiment; now, it is understood to be a successful one.Abraham Lincoln
It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence.Abraham Lincoln
I learned a great many years ago that in a fight between husband and wife, a third party should never get between the woman’s skillet and the man’s ax-helve.Abraham Lincoln
I pass my life in preventing the storm from blowing down the tent, and I drive in the pegs as fast as they are pulled up.Abraham Lincoln
The point – the power to hurt – of all figures lies in the truthfulness of their application.Abraham Lincoln
Being elected to Congress, though I am very grateful to our friends for having done it, has not pleased me as much as I expected.Abraham Lincoln
If you think you can slander a woman into loving you, or a man into voting for you, try it till you are satisfied.Abraham Lincoln
When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government – that is despotism.Abraham Lincoln
He who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.Abraham Lincoln
Oh, yes; you Virginians shed barrels of perspiration while standing off at a distance and superintending the work your slaves do for you. It is different with us. Here it is every fellow for himself, or he doesn’t get there.Abraham Lincoln
I go to assume a task more difficult than that which devolved upon Washington. Unless the great God, who assisted him, shall be with me and aid me, I must fail; but if the same omniscient mind and almighty arm that directed and protected him shall guide and support me, I shall not fail – I shall succeed.Abraham Lincoln
If a man had more than one life, I think a little hanging would not hurt this one; but after he is once dead, we cannot bring him back, no matter how sorry we may be; so the boy shall be pardoned.Abraham Lincoln
True patriotism is better than the wrong kind of piety.Abraham Lincoln
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 may be on the Lord’s side.Abraham Lincoln
Who is Abraham Lincoln?
Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th president of the United States (1861–1865) on February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865, an American statesman and attorney. In the American Civil War, Lincoln led the nation through its greatest social, economic, and political crisis.
The Union was restored, slavery abolished, the Federal Government strengthened and the US economy modernized. In the log cabin, Lincoln was born out of poverty and raised mostly in Indiana at the border. He has been self-trained and is a lawyer, member of the Whig Party, state representative of Illinois, and the US. Illinois Congressman.
He came back into his law practice in 1849 but was troubled by the Kansas-Nebraska Act opening up new lands for slavery. In 1854 he reintegrated into politics, became a member of the new Republican Party and, during 1858 debates with Stephen Douglas, reached a national audience. In 1860 Lincoln marched to the North for President.
The South’s pro-slavery tendencies were similar to the North’s rejection of slavery, and the South began to break up the union. The new Confederate States of the Americas shot at Fort Sumter, a US fort in the South, to guarantee their freedom, and Lincoln called for rebellion suppressing forces and the restoration of the Union.
Lincoln, the leader of moderate Republicans, stood with allies and opposites on both sides in the midst of the factions. War Democrats put in a large group of former enemies to his moderate base, but the Conservative Republicans, who demanded harsh punishment of the southern traitors, opposed them.
He was hated by the anti-war Democrats, branded as ‘Copperheads.’ The features of his assassination were irreconcilable pro-confederates. Lincoln controlled the groups by the deliberate distribution of political support and the appeal to the People, turning them against each other. His speech in Gettysburg became a historical call for clarity for liberalism, republicanism, equal rights, equality and democracy.
Lincoln studied the war strategy and strategies, including generals and the South trade maritime blockade. He suspended habeas corpus, and by disfusing the Trent affair he prevented British interference. With his Declaration of Freedom and his order for the Army to defend the escaping slaves, he engineered the end of slavery.
It also allowed border states to abolish slavery and introduced the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to ban slavery in the country. Lincoln had his own successful run for re-election. By exempting secessionists, he attempted to reconcile the war-torn nation. He spent a night on the theater with his wife Mary, just days after the war was over at the Appomattox, when Confederate Sympathizer John Wilkes Booth assassinated him.
The marriage of Lincoln had brought forth the emotional effect upon four daughters, two of whom preceded him in his death. Lincoln is remembered as the US martyr hero, and is consistently ranked as the greatest president by academics as well as by the public.