Abraham Lincoln quote

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here so nobly advanced."

Abraham Lincoln

Born: February 12, 1809

Die: April 15, 1865

Occupation: 16th U.S. President

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He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

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The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time....

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But for this book we could not know right from wrong.

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Take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man. (When a skeptic expressed surprise to see him reading a Bible)

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

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Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs...

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Don't kneel to me, that is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will hereafter enjoy.

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

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Without Divine assistance I can not succeed; with it I can not fail.

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I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this his almost chosen people.

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I destroy my enemy if I make him my friend.

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The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves – in their separate, and individual...

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It is better then, to save the work while it is begun. You have done the labor; maintain it - keep it. If men choose to serve you, go with them; but as you have made up your organization upon principle,...

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You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

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If all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of government.

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The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.

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

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Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.

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If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.

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

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Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me

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you can't escape tomorrow's responsibilities by evading it today

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Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward.

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I think that God means that we shall do more than we have yet done in furtherance of his plans and he will open the way for our doing it.

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You can always lie to others and hide your actions from them... but you can not fool yourself

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The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.

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Tell the truth and you won't have so much to remember

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Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.

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Tis better people think you a fool, then open your mouth and erase all doubt.

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With malice towards none; with charity for all....

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

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I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.

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If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.

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Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.

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One company can serve some of your needs all of the time, or all of your needs some of the time, but never both.

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At 50, if you are on a diet on your birthday, you can't eat a piece of your birthday cake. So grab two, a piece in each hand and, lo and behold, you will be on a balanced diet! Happy birthday, old chum!

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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.

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

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In regards to this great Book [the Bible], 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. But for it we could...

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Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world...enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time...

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As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.

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So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!

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Glory to God in the highest, Ohio has saved the Nation.

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Bring me Longstreet's head on a platter and the war will be over

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I am a little uneasy about the abolishment of slavery in this District of Columbia.

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I am not in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office.

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The time has come when I am for everybody fighting the rebels. Let Indians fight them; let the Negroes fight them; and if you have got any strong-legged jackasses in Iwoa that can kick rebels to death,...

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Negro equality, Fudge!! How long in the Government of a God great enough to make and maintain this Universe, shall there continue to be knaves to vend and fools to gulp, so low a piece of demagoguism as...

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I am in favor of a national bank...in favor of the internal improvements system and a high protective tariff.

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Don't judge a man by the size of his ego or his heart, but on the epicness of his beard and the beautiful woman on his arm

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I sincerely wish war was a pleasanter and easier business than it is, but it does not admit of holidays.

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Character is the tree, reputation is the shadow.

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Most people are as happy as they want to be.

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The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.

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The written word may be man's greatest invention. It allows us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn.

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Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality... Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.

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Bad promises are better broken than kept.

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If they do kill me, I shall never die another death.

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I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were felt by the whole human race, there would not be one cheerful face left on earth.

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Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.

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Here in my heart, my happiness, my house. Here inside the lighted window is my love, my hope, my life. Peace is my companion on the pathway winding to the threshold. Inside this portal dwells new strength...

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The Bible is not my book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma.

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A fellow once came to me to ask for an appointment as a minister abroad. Finding he could not get that, he came down to some more modest position. Finally, he asked to be made a tide-waiter. When he saw...

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Honor is better than honors.

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My experience has taught me that a man who has no vices has damned few virtues.

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Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest.

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Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.

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I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won't matter. If I'm wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won't make a difference.

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

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Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.

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Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.

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I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free.

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As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are...

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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,...

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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.

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Nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world.

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History is not history unless it is the truth.

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We cannot escape history.

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Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the...

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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.

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I couldn't be two faced. If I had two faces, I wouldn't wear this one.

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A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish,...

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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.

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Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?

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The severest justice may not always be the best policy

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Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men

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When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon...

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On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.

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Four score and seven days is too long between massages

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One's only security in life comes from doing something uncommonly well.

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If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care...

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From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia...could not by force take a...

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

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I am nothing, truth is everything.

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Achievement has no color

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My old father used to have a saying: If you make a bad bargain, hug it all the tighter.

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The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. By the adoption of these principles,...

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The health you enjoy is largely your choice

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A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall. So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches...

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All I have learned, I learned from books.

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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...

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This is essentially a people's contest... whose leading object is to elevate the condition of men - to lift artificial weights from all shoulders - to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all - to afford...

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We must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued.

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Fondly do we hope, ferverently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.

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Let us renew our trust in god, and go forward without fear.

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The worst thing you can do for anyone you care about is anything that they can do on their own.

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Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.

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We know nothing of what will happen in future, but by the analogy of experience.

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The only assurance of our nation's safety is to lay our foundation in morality and religion.

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You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

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Great men are ordinary men with extra ordinary determination.

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The leading rule for a man of every calling is diligence; never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

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Must a government be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence?

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...Anxiety beclouds the future...

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What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not...the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army...our reliance is in the love of liberty...

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There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other.

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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...

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People are just as happy as they choose to be.

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In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible, except with the passing of time.

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If ever this free people, 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.

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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...

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I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came.

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

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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...

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I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.

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Whatever spiteful fools may say, Each jealous ranting yelper, No woman ever went astray, Without a man to help her

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A long visit to a friend is often a great bore. Never make people twice glad.

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Ordered that of the Indians and Half-breeds sentenced to be hanged by the military commission, composed of Colonel Crooks, Lt. Colonel Marshall, Captain Grant, Captain Bailey, and Lieutenant Olin, and...

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I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors...

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The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

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Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?

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

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

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The US patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things

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If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep...

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I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it.

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Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these, are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more...

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Human-nature will not change.

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Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed. They always have been, they always will be...

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He who sees cruelty and does nothing about it is himself cruel.

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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...

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Be excellent and party on dudes.

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Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.

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

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Repeal the Missouri Compromise - repeal all compromises - repeal the Declaration of Independence - repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man's...

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Too many piglets not enough tits.

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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...

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Truth is generally the best vindication against slander

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It has long been recognized that the problems with alcohol relate not to the use of a bad thing, but to the abuse of a good thing.

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Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.

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It is my pleasure that my children are free and happy, and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.

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Life is hard but so very beautiful

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I have just read your dispatch about sore-tongued and fatigued horses, Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the Battle of Antietam that fatigues anything?

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Extemporaneous speaking should be practised and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public....

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no man who is resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention, still less can he afford to take the consequences, including the vitiation of his temper and the loss of self...

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Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.

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A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.

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Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.

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A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet

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The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.

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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 may be engaged in. That everyone...

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If elected I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same.

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You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

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I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground.

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That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.

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I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.

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The Cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one, or even one hundred defeats.

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought

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The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.

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Anybody will do for you, but not for me.

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Seriously, I do not think I fit for the presidency.

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Everyone likes a good quote - don't forget to share.

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He who represents himself has a fool for a client

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Life may not always be a bed of roses. All of us are aware of this fact. There are numerous times in life when we have to face disappointments. These quotes and sayings surely do inspire and help us to...

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The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars,...

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I could not sleep when I got on such a hunt for an idea until I had caught it; ...This was a kind of passion with me, and it has stuck by me; for I am never easy now, when I am handling a thought, till...

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There' s nothing good in war. Except its ending.

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There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people to the idea of indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races ... A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of...

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I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living...

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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...

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But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or...

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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.

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I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was...

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

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The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

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Reputation is like fine china: Once broken it's very hard to repair.

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Whether or not the world would be vastly benefited by a total banishment from it of all intoxicating drinks seems not now an open question. Three-fourths of mankind confess the affirmative with their tongues,...

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The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty

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Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.

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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.

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I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.

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By the 'mud-sill' theory it is assumed that labor and education are incompatible; and any practical combination of them impossible. According to that theory, a blind horse upon a tread-mill, is a perfect...

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If any personal description of me is thought desirable, it may be said, I am, in height, six feet, four inches, nearly; lean in flesh, weighing on an average one hundred and eighty pounds; dark complexion,...

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The man does not live who is more devoted to peace than I am. None who would do more to preserve it.

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

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You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right.

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I can hardly believe that the South and North can live in peace, unless we can get rid of the negroes ... I believe that it would be better to export them all to some fertile country with a good climate,...

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If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it.

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Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.

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None seemed to think the injury arose from the use of a bad thing but from the abuse of a very good thing

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Whether you look for the good or look for the bad in a person, you'll find it." A. Lincoln

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We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.

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The greatest lessons I have every learned were at my mother's knees... All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

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The human mind is impelled to action, or held in rest by some power, over which the mind itself has no control.

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Never do anything for anyone who can just as well do it themself

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If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work.

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Too big to cry too young to laugh...

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My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman's dance.

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Being President is like the man who was tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail... A man in the crowd asked how he liked it, and his reply was that if it wasn't for the honor of the thing,...

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We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings...

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What I want is to get done what the people desire to have done, and the question for me is how to find that out exactly.

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You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe.

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Abraham Lincoln

Money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace & conspire against it in times of adversity.

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Abraham Lincoln

Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail.

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Abraham Lincoln

Without the assistance of that Divine Being...I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail.

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Abraham Lincoln

Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong.

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Abraham Lincoln

Our adversaries [ the Confederate States of America ] have adopted some declarations of independence in which, unlike the good old one penned by Jefferson, they omit the words "all men are created equal."...

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Abraham Lincoln

When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that "all men are created equal" a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread...

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Abraham Lincoln

If we know where we are and something about how we got there, we might see where we are trending - and if the outcomes which lie naturally in our course are unacceptable, to make timely change.

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Abraham Lincoln

Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail.

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Abraham Lincoln

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets, and that when ballots have fairly and constitutionall y decided there can be no successful appeal back to bullets.

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Abraham Lincoln

The very spot where grew the bread that formed my bones, I see. How strange, old field, on thee to tread, and feel I'm part of thee.

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Abraham Lincoln

In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces...

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Abraham Lincoln

Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature-oppositi on to it is in his love of justice.

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Abraham Lincoln

Ere long the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community where every member possesses the art can ever be the victim of...

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Abraham Lincoln

Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.

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Abraham Lincoln

Character is like a tree, and reputation is like its shadow.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

Money possesses no value to the state other than that given to it by circulation.

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Abraham Lincoln

Capital has its proper place and is entitled to every protection. The wages of men should be recognized in the structure of and in the social order as more important than the wages of money [interest].

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Abraham Lincoln

No duty is more imperative for the government than the duty it ;owes the people to furnish them with a sound and uniform currency, an of regulating the circulation of the medium of exchange so that labor...

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Abraham Lincoln

The available supply of gold and silver being wholly inadequate to permit the issuance of coins of intrinsic value or paper currency convertible into coin of intrinsic value or paper currency convertible...

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Abraham Lincoln

Government should stand behind its currency and credit and the bank deposits of the nation. No individual should suffer a loss of money through depreciation or inflated currency of Bank bankruptcy.

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Abraham Lincoln

Government, possessing the power to create and issue currency and credit as money and enjoying the right to withdraw both currency and credit from circulation by taxation and otherwise, need not and should...

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Abraham Lincoln

The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of government, but it is the government's greatest creative opportunity.

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Abraham Lincoln

By adoption of these principles, the long-felt want for a uniform medium will be satisfied. The taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest, discounts, and exchanges. The financing of all public enterprises,...

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Abraham Lincoln

Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power.

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Abraham Lincoln

Violence begins where knowledge ends.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

I will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is not the Constitution as I would like to have it, but as it is, that is to be defended. The Constitution...

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Abraham Lincoln

We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.

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Abraham Lincoln

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

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Abraham Lincoln

The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the...

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Abraham Lincoln

It is most cheering and encouraging for me to know that in the efforts which I have made and am making for the restoration of a righteous peace to our country, I am upheld and sustained by the good wishes...

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Abraham Lincoln

The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance. We hoped for a happy termination of this terrible war long before this;...

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Abraham Lincoln

I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.

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Abraham Lincoln

You cannot have the right to do what is wrong!

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Abraham Lincoln

God is the silent partner in ALL great enterprises.

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Abraham Lincoln

Writing is the great invention of the world.

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Abraham Lincoln

My faith in the proposition that each man should do precisely as he pleases with all which is exclusively his own lies at the foundation of the sense of justice there is in me.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

With the Catching Ends the Pleasure of the Chase.

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Abraham Lincoln

We trust, sir, that God is on our side. It is more important to know that we are on God's side.

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Abraham Lincoln

We can succeed only by concert. It is not 'can any of us imagine better?, but 'can we all do better?

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Abraham Lincoln

Every man has a right to be equal with every other man.

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

I walk slowly, but never backwards.

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Abraham Lincoln

if you want your name to be remembered after your death either do something worth writing or write some thing worth reading

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Abraham Lincoln

The Union, and the Constitution, are the picture of silver, subsequently framed around it. The picture was not made to conceal or destroy the apple, but to adorn and preserve it. The picture was made for...

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Abraham Lincoln

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor;-let...

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Abraham Lincoln

Continue to execute all the express provisions of our national Constitution, and the Union will endure forever-it being impossible to destroy it, except by some action not provided for in the instrument...

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Abraham Lincoln

Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become...

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Abraham Lincoln

[I]f the policy of the Government, upon vital questions affecting, the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between...

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Abraham Lincoln

[T]he man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract...

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Abraham Lincoln

Its authors meant it to be... a stumbling block to those who in after times might seek to turn a free people back into the hateful paths of despotism. They knew the proneness of prosperity to breed tyrants,...

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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.

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object

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Abraham Lincoln

You cannot fail unless you quit.

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Abraham Lincoln

All that harms labor is treason to America.

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Abraham Lincoln

I am glad to see that a system of labor prevails under which laborers can strike when they want to.

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Abraham Lincoln

I told myself, "Lincoln, you can never make a lawyer if you do not understand what demonstrate means." So I left my situation in Springfield, went home to my father's house, and stayed there till I could...

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Abraham Lincoln

An allusion has been made to the Homestead Law. I think it worthy of consideration, and that the wild lands of the country should be distributed so that every man should have the means and opportunity...

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Abraham Lincoln

I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God's word because it finds me where I am.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

Why don't you laugh? If I did not laugh I should die, and you need this medicine as much as I do.

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Abraham Lincoln

IF you are going to fight, don't let them talk you into negotiating. But, if you are going to negotiate, don't let them talk you into fighting.

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Abraham Lincoln

I never did ask more, nor ever was willing to accept less, than for all the States, and the people thereof, to take and hold their places, and their rights, in the Union, under the Constitution of the...

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Abraham Lincoln

God must love the common man, he made so many of them.

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Abraham Lincoln

Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.

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Abraham Lincoln

I cannot imagine anyone looking at the sky and denying God.

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Abraham Lincoln

To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government.

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Abraham Lincoln

That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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...

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Abraham Lincoln

Don't be fooled. I kept all my workout clothes in that top hat.

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Abraham Lincoln

I believe the Bible is the best gift God ever gave to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through that book." On a personal spiritual note, Lincoln confessed, "I have been...

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Abraham Lincoln

Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is...

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Abraham Lincoln

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.

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Abraham Lincoln

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever...

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Abraham Lincoln

Always remember: Life is for enjoying.

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Abraham Lincoln

Military necessity does not admit of cruelty - that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, . . . nor of torture to extort confessions.

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Abraham Lincoln

I am for . . . each individual doing just as he chooses in all matters which concern nobody else.

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Abraham Lincoln

It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination.

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Abraham Lincoln

Politics, as a trade, finds most and leaves nearly all dishonest.

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Abraham Lincoln

Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity; and none will do it enthusiastically. Posterity has done nothing for us; and theorize on it as we may, practically we shall do very little for it,...

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Abraham Lincoln

The power confided in me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts.

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Abraham Lincoln

I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it.

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was asked by an aide about the church service he had attended. Lincoln responded that the minister was inspired, interesting, well-prepared, eloquent and the topic relevant. The aide said,...

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Abraham Lincoln

We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

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Abraham Lincoln

It has been said of the world's history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.

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Abraham Lincoln

If we exchange one dollar, we both have one dollar each. But if we exchange one good thought, we both have two good thoughts

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Abraham Lincoln

For it has been said, all that a man hath will he give for his life; and while all contribute of their substance the soldier puts his life at stake, and often yields it up in his country's cause. The highest...

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Abraham Lincoln

Let us strive on to finish the work we are in.

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Abraham Lincoln

You have confidence in yourself, which is valuable, if not an indispensable quality.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It...

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Abraham Lincoln

Slavery is founded on the selfishness of man's nature - opposition to it on his love of justice. These principles are in eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely as slavery extension...

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Abraham Lincoln

If as the friends of colonization hope, the present and coming generations of our countrymen shall by any means, succeed in freeing our land from the dangerous presence of slavery; and, at the same time,...

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Abraham Lincoln

The Autocrat of all the Russias will resign his crown, and proclaim his subjects free republicans sooner than will our American masters voluntarily give up their slaves.

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Abraham Lincoln

You know I dislike slavery; and you fully admit the abstract wrong of it.

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Abraham Lincoln

The slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters, as you are the master...

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Abraham Lincoln

I have always hated slavery, I think as much as any Abolitionist.

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Abraham Lincoln

Now I confess myself as belonging to that class in the country who contemplate slavery as a moral, social and political evil...

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Abraham Lincoln

He [Stephen Douglas] is blowing out the moral lights around us, when he contends that whoever wants slaves has a right to hold them; that he is penetrating, so far as lies in his power, the human soul,...

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Abraham Lincoln

When Judge Douglas says that whoever, or whatever community, wants slaves, they have a right to have them, he is perfectly logical if there is nothing wrong in the institution; but if you admit that it...

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

Now what is Judge Douglas Popular Sovereignty? It is, as a principle, no other than that, if one man chooses to make a slave of another man, neither that other man nor anybody else has a right to object.

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Abraham Lincoln

An inspection of the Constitution will show that the right of property in a slave in not "distinctly and expressly affirmed" in it.

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Abraham Lincoln

We believe that the spreading out and perpetuity of the institution of slavery impairs the general welfare. We believe - nay, we know, that that is the only thing that has ever threatened the perpetuity...

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Abraham Lincoln

Let there be no compromise on the question of extending slavery. If there be, all our labor is lost, and, ere long, must be done again.

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Abraham Lincoln

You think slavery is right and ought to be extended; while we think it is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us.

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Abraham Lincoln

I say now, however, as I have all the while said, that on the territorial question - that is, the question of extending slavery under the national auspices, - I am inflexible. I am for no compromise which...

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Abraham Lincoln

One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended.

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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. And yet I have never understood that the Presidency conferred upon me an unrestricted...

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Abraham Lincoln

One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All...

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Abraham Lincoln

Military glory-that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood-that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy...

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Abraham Lincoln

Your organization will take on the personality of its top leaders

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Abraham Lincoln

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.

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Abraham Lincoln

It is much easier to ride a horse in the direction it is going.

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Abraham Lincoln

In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the president] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants...

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Abraham Lincoln

I never tire of reading Tom Paine.

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Abraham Lincoln

Prosperity is the fruit of labor. It begins with saving money.

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Abraham Lincoln

The Democracy of to-day hold the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing, when in conflict with another mans right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar; but...

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Abraham Lincoln

The President to-night has a dream:He was in a party of plain people, and, as it became known who he was, they began to comment on his appearance. One of them said:He is a very common-looking man. The...

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Abraham Lincoln

Elections belong to the people. It's their decision.

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Abraham Lincoln

If frienship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.

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Abraham Lincoln

In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government,...

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Abraham Lincoln

Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence.

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Abraham Lincoln

We must ask where we are and whither we are tending.

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Abraham Lincoln

Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies.

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Abraham Lincoln

Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms.

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Abraham Lincoln

I have had so many evidences of [God's] direction, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above.

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Abraham Lincoln

The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society.

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Abraham Lincoln

Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be...

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Abraham Lincoln

If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

We, on our side, are praying to Him to give us victory, because we believe we are right; but those on the other side pray to Him, look for victory, believing they are right. What must He think of us?

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Abraham Lincoln

No organic law can ever be framed with a provision specifically applicable to every question which may occur in practical administration. .. No foresight can anticipate nor any document of reasonable length...

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Abraham Lincoln

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.

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Abraham Lincoln

The man who stands by and says nothing, when the peril of his government is discussed, can not be misunderstood. If not hindered, he is sure to help the enemy.

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Abraham Lincoln

The Almighty has His own purposes.

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Abraham Lincoln

I shall always think of myself first and foremost... as a hunter.

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Abraham Lincoln

My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.

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Abraham Lincoln

Laughter is the joyous universal evergreen of life!

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Abraham Lincoln

The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves.

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Abraham Lincoln

I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant...

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Abraham Lincoln

During the Civil War, on hearing complaints that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant drank alcohol to excess Find out what Grant drinks and send a barrel of it to each of my other generals!

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Abraham Lincoln

Care for him who shall have borne the battle

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Abraham Lincoln

The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. What one of us but can call to mind some relative more promising in youth than all his fellows,...

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Abraham Lincoln

I say 'try'; if we never try, we shall never succeed.

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Abraham Lincoln

Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity - Posterity has done nothing for us

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Abraham Lincoln

As long as the Almighty permitted intelligent men, created in his image and likeness, to fight in public and kill each other while the world looks on approvingly, it's not for me to deprive the chickens...

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Abraham Lincoln

It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness...

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Abraham Lincoln

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.

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Abraham Lincoln

As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man.

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Abraham Lincoln

Nothing is stronger than gentleness.

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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 should be on the Lord's side.

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Abraham Lincoln

Whatever уоu are, bе а good one.

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Abraham Lincoln

With high hope for the future, no prediction is ventured.

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Abraham Lincoln

Why don't I drink from a straw? Because straws are for suckers.

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Abraham Lincoln

Every person is responsible for his own looks after 40.

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Abraham Lincoln

I am very little inclined on any occasion to say anything unless I hope to produce some good by it.

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Abraham Lincoln

Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.

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Abraham Lincoln

A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.

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Abraham Lincoln

I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.

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Abraham Lincoln

There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.

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Abraham Lincoln

I am an optimist because I don't see the point in being anything else.

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Abraham Lincoln

Friendship is the start for what you call love.

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Abraham Lincoln

It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity.

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Abraham Lincoln

The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again...

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Abraham Lincoln

Next to creating a life the finest thing a man can do is save one.

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Abraham Lincoln

Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.

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Abraham Lincoln

The Presidency, even to the most experienced politicians, is no bed of roses; and [Zachary] Taylor like others, found thorns within it. No human being can fill that station and escape censure.

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Abraham Lincoln

Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out.

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Abraham Lincoln

Faith is not believing that God can, but that God will.

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Abraham Lincoln

While the people retain their virtue and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years.

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Abraham Lincoln

The land-grant university system is being built on behalf of the people, who have invested in these public universities their hopes, their support, and their confidence.

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Abraham Lincoln

Rules of living 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. May be there...

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Abraham Lincoln

The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.

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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 disrepect of religion in general, or of any denomination...

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Abraham Lincoln

Such a man the times have demanded, and such, in the providence of God was given us. But he is gone. Let us strive to deserve, as far as mortals may, the continued care of Divine Providence, trusting that,...

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Abraham Lincoln

Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a "sacred right...

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Abraham Lincoln

Certainly there is no contending against the Will of God; but still there is some difficulty in ascertaining, and applying it, to particular cases.

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Abraham Lincoln

The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish. I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible.

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Abraham Lincoln

The good old maxims of the Bible are applicable, and truly applicable to human affairs, and in this as in other things, we may say here that he who is not for us is against us; he would gathereth not with...

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Abraham Lincoln

I think that if anything can be proved by natural theology, it is that slavery is morally wrong. God gave man a mouth to receive bread, hands to feed it, and his hand has a right to carry bread to his...

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Abraham Lincoln

Remembering that Peter denied his Lord with an oath, after most solemnly protesting that he never would, I will not swear I will make no committals; but I do think I will not.

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Abraham Lincoln

Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and remain with you and be every where for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend...

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Abraham Lincoln

I turn, then, and look to the American people and to that God who has never forsaken them.

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Abraham Lincoln

We must remember that the people of all the States are entitled to all the privileges and immunities of the citizen of the several States. We should bear this in mind, and act in such a way as to say nothing...

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

The President responded very impressively, saying that he was deeply sensible of his need of Divine assistance. He had sometime thought that perhaps he might be an instrument in God's hands of accomplishing...

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And while it has not pleased the Almighty to bless us with a return of peace, we can but press on, guided by the best light He gives, trusting that in His own good time, and wise way, all will yet be well.

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But I must add that the U.S. government must not, as by this order, undertake to run the churches. When an individual, in a church or out of it, becomes dangerous to the public interest, he must be checked;...

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Relying, as I do, upon the Almighty Power, and encouraged as I am by these resolutions which you have just read, with the support which I receive from Christian men, I shall not hesitate to use all the...

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I am very glad indeed to see you to-night, and yet I will not say I thank you for this call, but I do most sincerely thank Almighty God for the occasion on which you have called.

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Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result.

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Nevertheless, amid the greatest difficulties of my Administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance on God, knowing that all would go well, and that He would decide...

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Submitted to the Sec. of War. On principle I dislike an oath which requires a man to swear he has not done wrong. It rejects the Christian principle of forgiveness on terms of repentance. I think it is...

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I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me. Now, at the end of three years struggle the nation's condition is not what either party, or any man devised, or...

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The petition of persons under eighteen, praying that I would free all slave children, and the heading of which petition it appears you wrote, was handed me a few days since by Senator Sumner. Please tell...

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At the beginning of the war, and for some time, the use of colored troops was not contemplated; and how the change of purpose was wrought, I will not now take time to explain. Upon a clear conviction of...

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While we are grateful to all the brave men and officers for the events of the past few days, we should, above all, be very grateful to Almighty God, who gives us victory.

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God bless the Methodist Church - bless all the churches - and blessed be God, Who, in this our great trial, giveth us the churches.

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To read in the Bible, as the word of God himself, that "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, ["] and to preach there-from that, "In the sweat of other mans faces shalt thou eat bread," to my...

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Abraham Lincoln

We accepted this war for an object, a worthy object, and the war will end when that object is attained. Under God, I hope it never will until that time.

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God bless the soldiers and seamen, with all their brave commanders.

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While I am deeply sensible to the high compliment of a re-election; and duly grateful, as I trust, to Almighty God for having directed my countrymen to a right conclusion, as I think, for their own good,...

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Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them. To deny it, however, in this case, is to deny that there is a God governing the world. It...

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The evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, and the surrender of the principal insurgent army, give hope of a righteous and speedy peace whose joyous expression can not be restrained. In the midst of this,...

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I am busily engaged in study of the Bible.

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This nation under God

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And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God ... and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by...

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Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.

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Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President...

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All things desirable to men are contained in the Bible.

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Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice.

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Washington's is the mightiest name of earth - long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation. On that name no eulogy is expected. It cannot be. To add brightness...

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When any church will inscribe over its altar, as its sole qualification for membership, the Savior's condensed statement of the substance of both law and Gospel, 'Thou shalt love the lord thy God with...

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It is the quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws; but to break up both, and make new ones.

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A nation may be said to consist of its territory, its people, and its laws. The territory is the only part which is of certain durability.

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You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.

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the better angels of our nature

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There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular...

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Abraham Lincoln

I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever I hear anyone arguing...

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Abraham Lincoln

Laughter can be used to sooth the mind and get rid of those awful thoughts.

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We shall meanly lose or nobly save the last hope of earth.

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

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It is for us and our time...to say the right makes might.

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With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.

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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...

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If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the...

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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The occasion is piled high with difficulty. We must rise to the occasion.

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No man is poor who has a Godly mother.

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I will either be America's greatest president or its last.

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If I have one vice and I can call it nothing else it is not able to say 'no'.

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You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry

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Through their deeds, the dead of battle have spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could. But we can only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they gave...

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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.

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Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite

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The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.

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There is nothing true anywhere, The true is nowhere to be seen; If you say you see the true, This seeing is not the true one.

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Killing the dog does not cure the bite.

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

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All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself ... are the infinitely various "leads" from which, man, from the first,...

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I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.

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I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell; I...

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Abraham Lincoln

I have always believed that a good laugh was good for both the mental and physical digestion.

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Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at...

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Abraham Lincoln

Gold is good in its place, but living, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.

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I am satisfied that when the Almighty wants me to do or not do any particular thing, He finds a way of letting me know it

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

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It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words,...

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

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As the problems are new, we must disenthrall ourselves from the past.

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Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

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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...

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Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office.

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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.

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I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch any thing on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out.

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When someone asked Abraham Lincoln, after he was elected president, what he was going to do about his enemies, he replied, "I am going to destroy them. I am going to make them my friends."

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President Lincoln was once criticized for his attitude toward his enemies. "Why do you try to make friends of them?" asked an associate. "You should try to destroy them." "Am I not destroying my enemies,"...

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Abraham Lincoln

A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.

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Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived.

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Nothing will divert me from my purpose.

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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 will swell when again touched, as surely...

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Abraham Lincoln

A lawyer's time and advice are his(her) stock in trade.

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There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.

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We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.

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And whereas this House desires to obtain a full knowledge of all the facts which go to establish whether the particular spot of soil which the blood of our citizens was so shed was, or was not, our own...

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Abraham Lincoln

If i get 8 hours to cut a tree i'll spend 7 hours to sharp my knife.

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Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words.

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

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

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

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I hope it will not be irreverent in me to say, that if it be probable that God would reveal his will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to...

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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 up to what light I have.

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My policy is to have no policy.

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

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Democracy is "government of, by and for the people".

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A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations...is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism.

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I had been told I was on the road to hell, but I had no idea it was just a mile down the road with a dome on it.

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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 seemed insufficient for that day.

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A tendancy to melancholy...let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.

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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.

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The only security a man can ever have is the ability to do a job uncommonly well.

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If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend.

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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...

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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.

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I have never had a feeling, politically, that did not spring from the Declaration of Independence that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence,...

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Abraham Lincoln

To correct the evils, great and small, which spring from want of sympathy and from positive enmity among strangers, as nations or as individuals, is one of the highest functions of civilization.

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My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.

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You can't help the poor by being one of them.

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Every man's happiness is his own responsibility.

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It has been said that one bad general is better than two good ones, and the saying is true if taken to mean no more than that an army is better directed by a single mind, though inferior, than by two superior...

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Abraham Lincoln

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...

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Abraham Lincoln

No state, upon its own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union. Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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...

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

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

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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...

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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...

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.

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

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I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

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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 a most valuable - a most sacred...

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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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.

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A house divided against itself cannot stand.

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No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.

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

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When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.

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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.

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

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

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

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The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

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

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My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.

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Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

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

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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.

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If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.

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I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.

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

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Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.

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

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

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I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.

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

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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.

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I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

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Everybody likes a compliment.

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The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

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

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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.

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

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

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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.

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Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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Abraham Lincoln

If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.

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Abraham Lincoln

Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.

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

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I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.

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Abraham Lincoln

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.

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He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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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.

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

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These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.

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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.

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These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.

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When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.

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I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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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.

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.

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Abraham Lincoln

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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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 a purpose...

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

I can make more generals, but horses cost money.

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Abraham Lincoln

In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.

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Abraham Lincoln

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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.

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Public opinion in this country is everything.

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Abraham Lincoln

He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.

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Abraham Lincoln

Some day I shall be President.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.

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Abraham Lincoln

Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.

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Abraham Lincoln

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be 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...

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Abraham Lincoln

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and...

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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.

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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, man was made for immortality.

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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 be our lot, we must ourselves be its...

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Abraham Lincoln

I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.

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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...

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Abraham Lincoln

That we 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,...

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.

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Abraham Lincoln

It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.

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Abraham Lincoln

In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.

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Abraham Lincoln

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...

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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...

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Abraham Lincoln

I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, that the working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous, and as you added that those were the sentiments of the gentlemen...

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Abraham Lincoln

You can not fail in any laudable object, unless you allow your mind to be improperly directed.

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Abraham Lincoln

If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already.

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Abraham Lincoln

Your good mother tells me you are feeling very badly in your new situation. Allow me to assure you it is a perfect certainty that you will, very soon, feel better - quite happy - if you only stick to the...

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Abraham Lincoln

I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or till I die, or am conquered, or my term expires, or Congress or the country forsakes me...

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Abraham Lincoln

I shall not do more than I can, and I shall do all I can to save the government, which is my sworn duty as well as my personal inclination. I shall do nothing in malice. What I deal with is too vast for...

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Abraham Lincoln

I have seen your despatch expressing your unwillingness to break your hold where you are. Neither am I willing. Hold on with a bull-dog gripe, and chew & choke, as much as possible.

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Abraham Lincoln

Again I admonish you not to be turned from your stern purpose of defending your beloved country and its free institutions by any arguments urged by ambitious and designing men, but stand fast to the Union...

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

Towering genius disdains a beaten path ... It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts for distinction.

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Abraham Lincoln

With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semicolin; it's a useful little chap

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Abraham Lincoln

I can not but hate the prospect of slavery's expansion. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the...

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Abraham Lincoln

I confess I hate to see the poor creatures hunted down but I bite my lip and keep quiet.

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Abraham Lincoln

I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races: that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of...

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Abraham Lincoln

If all do not join now to save the good old ship of the Union this voyage nobody will have a chance to pilot her on another voyage.

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

I therefore consider that in view of the Constitution and the laws, the Union is unbroken; and to the extent of my ability I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that...

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Abraham Lincoln

The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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Abraham Lincoln

I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be 'the Union as it was'.

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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...

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free;...

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

I would like to speak in terms of praise due to the many brave officers and soldiers who have fought in the cause of the war.

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Abraham Lincoln

I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according to the bond of service - the United States Constitution; and that, as such, I am responsible to them.

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Abraham Lincoln

You dislike the emancipation proclamation; and, perhaps, would have it retracted. You say it is unconstitutional - I think differently.

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Abraham Lincoln

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 can not be retracted, any more than the dead can be brought to life.

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Abraham Lincoln

Peace does not appear so distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time.

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Abraham Lincoln

You say you will not fight to free negroes. Some of them seem willing to fight for you; but, no matter. Fight you, then exclusively to save the Union.

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Abraham Lincoln

And then, there will be some black men who can remember that, with silent tongue, and clenched teeth, and steady eye, and well-poised bayonnet, they have helped mankind on to this great consummation...

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor;...

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Abraham Lincoln

It is not merely for to-day, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives.

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Abraham Lincoln

I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country.

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Abraham Lincoln

There is more involved in this contest than is realized by every one. There is involved in this struggle the question whether your children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed.

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Abraham Lincoln

We have, as all will agree, a free Government, where every man has a right to be equal with every other man. In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered...

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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.

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Abraham Lincoln

We hoped for a happy termination of this terrible war long before this; but God knows best, and has ruled otherwise. We shall yet acknowledge His wisdom and our own error therein.

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Abraham Lincoln

I am much indebted to the good Christian people of the country for their constant prayers and consolations; and to no one of them, more than to yourself.

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Abraham Lincoln

Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from...

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Abraham Lincoln

The Lord spared the fitten and the rest he seen fitten to die.

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Abraham Lincoln

He has got the slows, Mr. Blair.

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Abraham Lincoln

Senator [Stephen] Douglas is of world-wide renown. All the anxious politicians of his party, or who have been of his party for years past, have been looking upon him as certainly, at no distant day, to...

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Abraham Lincoln

I can't spare this man, he fights!

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Abraham Lincoln

Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction ... nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might, and...

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Abraham Lincoln

Lamon, that speech won't scour. It is a flat failure and the people are disappointed.

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Abraham Lincoln

I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.

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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...

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Abraham Lincoln

I can make brigadier generals, but i can't make horses.

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Abraham Lincoln

My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not to either save or destroy Slavery.

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Abraham Lincoln

In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war.

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Abraham Lincoln

That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred ans sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall...

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Abraham Lincoln

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought...

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Abraham Lincoln

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature can not be changed

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Abraham Lincoln

You are green, it is true; but they are green also. You are all green alike.

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Abraham Lincoln

My God! My God! What will the country say?

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Abraham Lincoln

The trouble with Hooker is that he's got his headquarters where his hindquarters aught to be.

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Abraham Lincoln

Sending armies to McClellan is like shoveling fleas across a barnyard, not half of them get there.

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Abraham Lincoln

confused and Stunned, like a duck hit on the head.

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Abraham Lincoln

It's bad. It's damned bad.

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Abraham Lincoln

I failed, I failed, and that is about all that can be said about it.

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Abraham Lincoln

There is really no crisis except an artificial one...If the great American people will only keep their temper, on both sides of the line, the trouble will come to an end.

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Abraham Lincoln

I know the hole he went in at, but I can't tell you what hole he will come out of.

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Abraham Lincoln

With this honor devolves upon you also a corresponding responsibility. As the country herein trusts you, so under God it will sustain you.

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Abraham Lincoln

The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea.

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Abraham Lincoln

It is a good face. I am glad this war is over at last.

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Abraham Lincoln

My Dear McClellan, if you don't want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully.

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Abraham Lincoln

If I gave McClellan all the men he asked for, they could not find room to lie down; they'd have to sleep standing up.

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Abraham Lincoln

His argument is as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by oiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death.

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Abraham Lincoln

War, at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible.

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Abraham Lincoln

As a nation we began by declaring that all me are created equal. We now practically read it, all men are created equal except Negroes.

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Abraham Lincoln

If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it.

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Abraham Lincoln

No State, upon it own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union. Resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally nothing. I therefore consider that the Union is unbroken. There needs to be no...

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Abraham Lincoln

I don't s'pose anybody on earth likes gingerbread better'n I do-and gets less'n I do.

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Abraham Lincoln

I know there is a God, and that He hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that his hand is in it. If He has a place and work for me - and I think He has - I believe I am ready.

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Abraham Lincoln

We have all heard of Young America. He is the most current youth of the age. Some think him conceited, and arrogant; but has he not reason to entertain a rather extensive opinion of himself? Is he not...

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Abraham Lincoln

When I got him out he was near froze solid and shivering. He was shaking so hard that I wasted half a glass of whiskey trying to aim it for his mouth. Must have got enough of it into him, though, since...

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Abraham Lincoln

In the world's history certain inventions and discoveries occurred of peculiar value, on account of their great efficiency in facilitating all other inventions and discoveris. Of these were the art of...

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Abraham Lincoln

Next came the patent laws. These began in England in 1624, and in this country with the adoption of our Constitution. Before then any man [might] instantly use what another man had invented, so that the...

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Abraham Lincoln

What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other's consent. I say this is the leading principle - the sheet anchor of American republicanism.

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Abraham Lincoln

We think slavery a great moral wrong, and while we do not claim the right to touch it where it exists, we wish to treat it as a wrong in the territories, where our votes will reach it.

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Abraham Lincoln

In 1841 you and I had together a tedious low-water trip, on a Steam Boat from Louisville to St. Louis. You may remember, as I well do, that from Louisville to the mouth of the Ohio there were, on board,...

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Abraham Lincoln

I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no...

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Abraham Lincoln

In the first place, I insist that our fathers did not make this nation half slave and half free, or part slave and part free. I insist that they found the institution of slavery existing here. They did...

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Abraham Lincoln

I think slavery is wrong, morally, 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.

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Abraham Lincoln

I do not wish to be misunderstood upon this subject of slavery in this country. I suppose it may long exist, and perhaps the best way for it to come to an end peaceably is for it to exist for a length...

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Abraham Lincoln

Now, I confess myself as belonging to that class in the country who contemplate slavery as a moral, social and political evil, having due regard for its actual existence amongst us and the difficulties...

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Abraham Lincoln

I think that one of the causes of these repeated failures is that our best and greatest men have greatly underestimated the size of this question (slavery). They have constantly brought forward small cures...

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Abraham Lincoln

I did say, at Chicago, in my speech there, that I do wish to see the spread of slavery arrested and to see it placed where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction.

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Abraham Lincoln

Do the people of the South really entertain fears that a Republican administration would, directly, or indirectly, interfere with their slaves, or with them, about their slaves? If they do, I wish to assure...

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Abraham Lincoln

I hold it to be a paramount duty of us in the free states, due to the Union of the states, and perhaps to liberty itself (paradox though it may seem) to let the slavery of the other states alone; while,...

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Abraham Lincoln

So plain that no one, high or low, ever does mistake it, except in a plainly selfish way; for although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes...

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Abraham Lincoln

I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world.

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Abraham Lincoln

If we cannot give freedom to every creature, let us do nothing that will impose slavery upon any other creature.

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Abraham Lincoln

Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.

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Abraham Lincoln

I repeat the declaration made a year ago, that 'while I remain in my present position I shall not attempt to retract or modify the emancipation proclamation, nor shall I return to slavery any person who...

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Abraham Lincoln

We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world, by thus fostering Human Slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of Human Freedom.

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Abraham Lincoln

Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue.

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Abraham Lincoln

The prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land, for himself; then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another...

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Abraham Lincoln

No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.

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Abraham Lincoln

Labor is the true standard of value.

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Abraham Lincoln

The world is agreed that labor is the source from which human wants are mainly supplied. There is no dispute upon this point.

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Abraham Lincoln

I am always for the man who wishes to work.

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Abraham Lincoln

If at any time all labour should cease, and all existing provisions be equally divided among the people, at the end of a single year there could scarcely be one human being left alive--all would have perished...

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Abraham Lincoln

Labor is the great source from which nearly all, if not all, human comforts and necessities are drawn.

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Abraham Lincoln

Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.

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Abraham Lincoln

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,...

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Abraham Lincoln

Upon this subject, the habits of our whole species fall into three great classes--useful labour, useless labour and idleness. Of these the first only is meritorious; and to it all the products of labour...

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Abraham Lincoln

Work, work, work, is the main thing.

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Abraham Lincoln

And I am glad to know that there is a system of labor - where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.

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Abraham Lincoln

If you intend to go to work there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work, you can not get along anywhere.

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Abraham Lincoln

I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get...

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Abraham Lincoln

Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.

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Abraham Lincoln

And, inasmuch [as] most good things are produced by labour, it follows that all such things of right belong to those whose labour has produced them. But it has so happened in all ages of the world, that...

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Abraham Lincoln

The working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the most numerous...

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Abraham Lincoln

The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow [sic] which can be done to-day [sic]. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever...

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Abraham Lincoln

Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind.

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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 Primmers,...

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Abraham Lincoln

When I have a particular case in hand, I have that motive and feel an interest in the case, feel an interest in ferreting out the questions to the bottom, love to dig up the question by the roots and hold...

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Abraham Lincoln

If you wish to be a lawyer, attach no consequence to the place you are in, or the person you are with; but get books, sit down anywhere, and go to reading for yourself. That will make a lawyer of you quicker...

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Abraham Lincoln

Again, a law may be both constitutional and expedient, and yet may be administered in an unjust and unfair way.

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Abraham Lincoln

No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression. My conscience is my own - my creators - not man's. I shall never sink the rights of mankind...

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Abraham Lincoln

In law it is good policy to never plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you can not.

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Abraham Lincoln

When I so pressingly urge a strict observance of all the laws, let me not be understood as saying there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise, for the redress of which, no legal provisions...

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Abraham Lincoln

I dared not trust the case on the presumption that the court knows everything. In fact, I argued it on the presumption that the court didn't know anything.

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Abraham Lincoln

Dear Sir: Yours of the 24th. asking 'the best mode of obtaining a thorough knowledge of the law' is received. The mode is very simple, though laborious, and tedious. It is only to get the books, and read,...

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Abraham Lincoln

Let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children's liberty.

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Abraham Lincoln

I understand that it is a maxim of law, that a poor plea may be a good plea to a bad declaration.

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Abraham Lincoln

Extemporaneous speaking should be practised [sic] 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...

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Abraham Lincoln

In the way our Fathers originally left the slavery question, the institution was in the course of ultimate extinction, and the public mind rested in the belief that it was in the course of ultimate extinction...

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Abraham Lincoln

In those days, our Declaration of Independence was held sacred by all, and thought to include all; but now, to aid in the making the bondage of the negro universal and eternal, it is assailed, and sneered...

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Abraham Lincoln

I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.

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Abraham Lincoln

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.

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Abraham Lincoln

I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their...

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Abraham Lincoln

I see a very dark cloud on America's horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome.

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Abraham Lincoln

Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.

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Abraham Lincoln

Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both.

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Abraham Lincoln

How many times have I laughed at you telling me plainly that I was too lazy to be anything but a lawyer.

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Abraham Lincoln

Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Abraham Lincoln

I belive that people should fight for what they believe and only what they believe.

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Abraham Lincoln

Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice.

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Abraham Lincoln

What constitutes the bulwark of our liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea-coasts, our army and our navy. ... Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has...

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Abraham Lincoln

It's not me who can't keep a secret. It's the people I tell that can't.

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Abraham Lincoln

My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I...

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It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.

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What if you believed that everything in life was like a prize? What if you thought of the world as a big random drawing, and you were always winning things, the world offering them up with a big grin,...

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Bernard Cornwell

‎Our ancestors took this land. They took it and made it and held it. We do not give up what our ancestors gave us. They came across the sea and they fought here, and they built here and they're buried...

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Piero Ferrucci

If we live in the here and now, each moment is a surprise, every instant a new wonder. But it often fails to work this way. Onto the present we superimpose our expectations and opinions, based on the past...

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Ronald Reagan

We have God's promise that what we give will be given back many times over, so let us go forth from here and rekindle the fire of our faith. Let our wisdom be vindicated by our deeds. We are told in II...

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Harold Klemp

Nothing written in any book is a perfect reflection of truth.(...) No teachings and no bibles on earth are perfect. They can never be so, for this is an imperfect universe. The perfection isn't here, it...

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Alan Rickman

I have every sympathy for writers. It's a mystery to me what they do. I can edit. I can cross out and say, 'I'm not saying that' or, 'How about we move this to here? Wouldn't that make that bit of the...

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John Banville

I have never really got used to being on this earth. Sometimes I think our presence here is due to a cosmic blunder, that we were meant for another planet altogether, with other arrangements, and other...

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Yitzhak Rabin

I was a military man for 27 years. I fought so long as there was no chance for peace. I believe that there is now a chance for peace, a great chance. We must take advantage of it for the sake of those...

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