Quotes by Abraham Lincoln

Everybody likes a compliment.
- Abraham Lincoln
Some day I shall be President.
- Abraham Lincoln
I am rather inclined to silence.
- Abraham Lincoln
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Whatever you are, be a good one.
- Abraham Lincoln
Never regret what you don't write.
- Abraham Lincoln
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
- Abraham Lincoln
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
- Abraham Lincoln
Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
- Abraham Lincoln
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
- Abraham Lincoln
Don't swap horses in crossing a stream.
- Abraham Lincoln
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A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Abraham Lincoln
I have always been an old-line Henry Clay Whig.
- Abraham Lincoln
As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
- Abraham Lincoln
I can make more generals, but horses cost money.
- Abraham Lincoln
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
- Abraham Lincoln
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
- Abraham Lincoln
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
- Abraham Lincoln
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
- Abraham Lincoln
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
- Abraham Lincoln
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
- Abraham Lincoln
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
- Abraham Lincoln
True patriotism is better than the wrong kind of piety.
- Abraham Lincoln
Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.
- Abraham Lincoln
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
- Abraham Lincoln
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
- Abraham Lincoln
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
- Abraham Lincoln
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
- Abraham Lincoln
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
- Abraham Lincoln
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
- Abraham Lincoln
A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major-general.
- Abraham Lincoln
I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life.
- Abraham Lincoln
Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.
- Abraham Lincoln
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
- Abraham Lincoln
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
- Abraham Lincoln
If I like a thing, it just sticks after once reading it or hearing it.
- Abraham Lincoln
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
- Abraham Lincoln
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
- Abraham Lincoln
With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
- Abraham Lincoln
No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
- Abraham Lincoln
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
- Abraham Lincoln
I have great respect for the semicolon; it is a mighty handy little fellow.
- Abraham Lincoln
I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.
- Abraham Lincoln
When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
- Abraham Lincoln
Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.
- Abraham Lincoln
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
- Abraham Lincoln
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
- Abraham Lincoln
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
- Abraham Lincoln
I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free.
- Abraham Lincoln
It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life.
- Abraham Lincoln
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln
The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.
- Abraham Lincoln
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
- Abraham Lincoln
Gold is good in its place; but loving, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.
- Abraham Lincoln
Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.
- Abraham Lincoln
I can express all my views on the slavery question by quotations from Henry Clay.
- Abraham Lincoln
Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.
- Abraham Lincoln
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln
When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
- Abraham Lincoln
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
- Abraham Lincoln
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
- Abraham Lincoln
I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
- Abraham Lincoln
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
- Abraham Lincoln
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
- Abraham Lincoln
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln
To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
- Abraham Lincoln
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
- Abraham Lincoln
The point - the power to hurt - of all figures lies in the truthfulness of their application.
- Abraham Lincoln
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
- Abraham Lincoln
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
- Abraham Lincoln
The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.
- Abraham Lincoln
He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.
- Abraham Lincoln
No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.
- Abraham Lincoln
I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln
A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.
- Abraham Lincoln
Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.
- Abraham Lincoln
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
- Abraham Lincoln
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
- Abraham Lincoln
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
- Abraham Lincoln
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
- Abraham Lincoln
The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them when they are invaded.
- Abraham Lincoln
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
- Abraham Lincoln
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
- Abraham Lincoln
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
- Abraham Lincoln
It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws, but to break up both and make new ones.
- Abraham Lincoln
When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Abraham Lincoln
My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families - second families, perhaps I should say.
- Abraham Lincoln
Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
- Abraham Lincoln
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.'
- Abraham Lincoln
If you think you can slander a woman into loving you, or a man into voting for you, try it till you are satisfied.
- Abraham Lincoln
In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln
I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
- Abraham Lincoln
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
- Abraham Lincoln
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.
- Abraham Lincoln
How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg.
- Abraham Lincoln
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.
- Abraham Lincoln

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