Famous Quotes By Abraham Lincoln

Famous Quotes By  Abraham Lincoln

Famous Quotes By Abraham LincolnHello Friends!!Abraham Lincoln was 16th president in the united states of america and before that he was a lawyer in Illinois. Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln.Abraham Lincoln was having a relationship with Anne Rutledge but they are not engaged.Anne Rutledge was died due to severe health sickness at the age of 22.Later in 1842 Abraham Lincoln was married to Marry Told Lincoln and he had four children.But unlucky four sons were died due to health problems.Due to son’s death Abraham Lincoln and Marry had went lot of depression.Abraham Lincoln was ranked number one in the presidents when they conducted a survey by U.S. Scholar Rankings Presidents.When crisis came Abraham Lincoln managed and save the country through economic crisis. 


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“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

In the language of Mr. Jefferson, uttered many years ago, “It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation, and deportation, peaceably, and in such slow degrees, as that the evil will wear off insensibly; and in their places be, pari passu [on an equal basis], filled up by free white laborers.”

Public Opinion is everything.

Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.

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

“It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.”

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

The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.

Of all the forces of nature, I should think the wind contains the largest amount of motive power—that is, power to move things. Take any given space of the earth’s surface— for instance, Illinois; and all the power exerted by all the men, and beasts, and running-water, and steam, over and upon it, shall not equal the one hundredth part of what is exerted by the blowing of the wind over and upon the same space. And yet it has not, so far in the world’s history, become proportion ably valuable as a motive power. It is applied extensively, and advantageously, to sail-vessels in navigation. Add to this a few windmills, and pumps, and you have about all. … As yet, the wind is an untamed and unharnessed force; and quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made, will be the taming, and harnessing of it.

Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bastards may someday  challenge the supremacy of the white man.

When 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 thinking about him and what he is going to say.

“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.”

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

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.

Man ( Women) is just about as happy as he makes his mind up to be.

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

“Those who deny freedom to  others deserve it not for themselves; and under a just God, can not long retain it.”

“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.

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

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.

Death is a serious business for Abe. (He charges… by the head.) Or at least it will be when he’s older. When he’s just a kid, it’s a fun mystery that he wants to investigate. These deaths are those of his great aunt and uncle, the Sparrows, so it doesn’t really mean anything to Abe. But it will soon enough.

We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object and confident promise of putting and end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Famous Quotes By Abraham Lincoln

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.

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

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.”

Every job is a portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.

“I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false is guilty of falsehood, and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him.”

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

He who does something at the head of one regiment will eclipse him who does nothing a head of a hundred.

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.

“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.”

“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”

“Three things make up a nation: its land, its people, and its laws.”

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”

The hen is the wisest of all the animal creation because she never cackles until after the egg has been laid.

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe.”

“…that 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 this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

“Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.”

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

The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.

“Die when I may, I want it said of me that I plucked a weed and planted a flower wherever I thought a flower would grow.”

“To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.”

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

When the Know-Nothings get control, it [the Declaration of Independence] will read: “All men are created equal except negroes, foreigners and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.

“Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man, this race and that race and the other race being inferior and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal.”

“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.”

This is a world of compensation; and 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.

The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good.

He didn’t smoke or drink regularly. However, Lincoln did drink lager beer for a while on the advice of a doctor hoping to cure a cold, according to the Lincoln Institute.

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and under a just God, can not long retain it.”


“It is the eternal struggle between these two principles – right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, “You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.”

“All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.”

He was also the first president to be assassinated.

I am superstitious. I have scarcely known a party, preceding an election, to call in help from the neighboring states, but they lost the state.

The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.


“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.”

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

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords 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 better angels of our nature.”

Don’t scrap that project just because it’s got you mired in frustration. If you’re overwhelmed or unmotivated, call upon others for help. Discarding the project, as Lincoln said, is lost labor.

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


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

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

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

Once a goal is set, a strategy must be formed to achieve it. Keep in mind: Setting realistic, measurable goals significantly increases the chances they will be reached in an effective, timely manner and will act as steppingstones to larger aspirations.

“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”

The struggle of today, is not altogether for today–it is for a vast future also.

“I hold, that in contemplation of universal law, and of the Constitution, the Union of these States is perpetual.”

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.

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

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

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“Beavers build houses; but they build them in nowise differently, or better now, than they did, five thousand years ago. Ants, and honey-bees, provide food for winter; but just in the same way they did, when Solomon referred the sluggard to them as patterns of prudence. Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.”

Preparation is a key ingredient for success. Careful planning and adequate preparation help to ensure a project goes smoothly. You won’t get far trying to sink a dull ax into a tree trunk—nor will you produce impressive results with a dull communications plan.

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

Perhaps I am not a good judge of these things, but in my opinion the religion that makes men rebel and fight against a just government in defense of an unjust institution that makes slaves of men whom God made free is not the genuine article. The religion that reconciles men to the idea of eating their bread in the sweat of other men’s faces is not the kind to get to heaven on.

“You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.”

“As our case is new, we must think and act anew.”

“Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.”

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

“You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm.”

Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.”

“Take risks: If you win, you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise.”

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

“But the proclamation, as law, either is valid, or is not valid. If it is not valid, it needs no retraction. If it is valid, it cannot  be retracted, any more than the dead can be brought to life.”

You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me insufficient for that day.

Public sentiment is everything, without it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed.

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

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

Welcome, or unwelcome, agreeable, or disagreeable, whether this shall be an entire slave nation, is the issue before us.

He battled the war bravely and declared, “A nation cannot exist half free and half slave”.

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.

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.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.

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.

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

An offensive exhibition of boorishness and vulgarity

Weakness is what keeps driving us to God, by the overwhelming conviction that there just isn’t anywhere else to go.

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

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.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

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

The Lord himself prefers common looking people. That is why he makes so many of them.

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. 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.

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

A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.

Towering genius distant a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.

It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.

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. Capital has its rights, which are worthy of protection as any other rights.

Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift.

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”

Until every man is free, we are all slaves!

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

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.

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

“Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest amongst us are held out the highest privileges and positions.”

“Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”


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