401 Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Life and Leadership

Abraham Lincoln was an American lawyer, politician, and statesman, who served as the 16th president of the United States.

He is a towering figure in American history, known for his leadership during one of the nation’s most tumultuous times, the Civil War.

His presidency was marked by his unwavering commitment to preserving the Union and his instrumental role in the abolition of slavery.


His life and leadership continue to inspire and resonate with many, reflecting the enduring values of justice, equality, and democracy.

Here is an amazing collection of quotes from Abraham Lincoln.

Best Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Life, Leadership, Freedom, and Equality

1. “Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

2. “Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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

4. “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

5. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

6. “It is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

7. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

8. “Life is hard, but so very beautiful.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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9. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

10. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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11. “What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

12. “If they do kill me, I shall never die another death.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

13. “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

14. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

15. “If friendship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

16. “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

17. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

18. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

19. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

20. “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

21. “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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22. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

23. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

24. “I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

25. “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

26. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

27. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

28. “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

29. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

30. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

31. “You cannot fail unless you quit.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

32. “You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

33. “Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

34. “Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

35. “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

36. “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

37. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

38. “I walk slowly, but never backwards.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

39. “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

40. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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41. “Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

42. “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 they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

43. “I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

44. “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

45. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

46. “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

47. “Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

48. “The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

49. “I am not concerned that you have fallen – I am concerned that you arise.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

50. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

51. “God bless the soldiers and seamen, with all their brave commanders.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

52. “The world is agreed that labor is the source from which human wants are mainly supplied. There is no dispute upon this point.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

53. “Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

54. “If you love something, set it free.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

55. “If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

56. “Democracy is “government of, by and for the people”.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

57. “Next to creating a life the finest thing a man can do is save one.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

58. “Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

59. “Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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60. “It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

61. “When arguing with a fool, make sure the opponent isn’t doing the exact same thing.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

62. “Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

63. “Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

64. “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

65. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

66. “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

67. “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

68. “Thus let bygones be bygones. Let past differences, as nothing be.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

69. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

70. “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

71. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

72. “Everybody likes a compliment.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

73. “As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

74. “I sincerely wish war was a pleasanter and easier business than it is, but it does not admit of holidays.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

75. “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

76. “Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

77. “The will of God prevails.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

78. “Never change horses in midstream.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

79. “If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

80. “If you have never failed you have never lived.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

81. “Violence begins where knowledge ends.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

82. “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 his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

83. “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).

84. “It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

85. “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

86. “When you make it to the top, turn and reach down for the person behind you.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

87. “I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

88. “The person who is incapable of making a mistake, is incapable of anything.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

89. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

90. “The struggle of today is not altogether for today – it is for a vast future also.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

91. “That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

92. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

93. “A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

94. “Laws change; people die; the land remains.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

95. “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 the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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96. “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

97. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

98. “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

99. “Most people are as happy as they want to be.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

100. “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).

101. “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

102. “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

103. “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

104. “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

105. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

106. “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).

107. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

108. “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

109. “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

110. “Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

111. “You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

112. “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

113. “Achievement has no color.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

114. “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

115. “It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

116. “I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

117. “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

118. “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

119. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

120. “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

121. “The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

122. “It’s not me who can’t keep a secret. It’s the people I tell that can’t.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

123. “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

124. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

125. “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

126. “Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

127. “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, and beer.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

128. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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129. “Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

130. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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

132. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

133. “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.”  ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

134. “If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

135. “If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

136. “Stand with anyone that is right; stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

137. “Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

138. “Fourscore 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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

139. “The blessing always comes back to the door of the author.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

140. “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,” Lincoln gently replied, “when I make them my friends?”” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

141. “Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

142. “Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who know me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower when I thought a flower would grow.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

143. “No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

144. “I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

145. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

146. “The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

147. “Behind the cloud, the sun is still shining.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

148. “He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

149. “The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

150. “I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God’s word because it finds me where I am.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

151. “I will learn, the opportunity will come.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

152. “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

153. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

154. “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

155. “We cannot escape history.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

156. “Too many piglets not enough tits.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

157. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

158. “Believing everybody is dangerous, but believing nobody is more dangerous.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

159. “The health you enjoy is largely your choice.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

160. “I am an optimist because I don’t see the point in being anything else.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

161. “History is not history unless it is the truth.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

162. “You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

163. “A man watches his pear-tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

164. “Shall we stop this bleeding?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

165. “It is much easier to ride a horse in the direction it is going.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

166. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

167. “Half-finished work generally proves to be labor lost.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

168. “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

169. “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

170. “Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

171. “A man’s legs must be long enough to reach the ground.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

172. “A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

173. “The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

174. “If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

175. “You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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176. “No man ever got lost on a straight road.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

177. “The Constitution is not a suicide pact.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

178. “A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

179. “Bad promises are better broken than kept.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

180. “Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature can not be changed.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

181. “My policy is to have no policy.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

182. “God is the silent partner in ALL great enterprises.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

183. “All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

184. “Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

185. “The surest way to reveal one’s character is not through adversity but by giving them power.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

186. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

187. “Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

188. “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 a last full measure of devotion.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

189. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

190. “We cannot but believe that He who made the world still governs it.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

191. “One is a majority if he is right.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

192. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

193. “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 their violation by others.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

194. “Writing is the great invention of the world.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

195. “You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

196. “The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

197. “I see a very dark cloud on America’s horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

198. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

199. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

200. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

201. “There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

202. “Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

203. “The US patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

204. “Your rights end where my nose begins.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

205. “Reputation is like fine china: Once broken it’s very hard to repair.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

206. “Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

207. “In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

208. “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

209. “Honor is better than honors.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

210. “It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness…” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

211. “Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

212. “Human-nature will not change.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

213. “There is no greater injustice than to wring your profits from the sweat of another man’s brow.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

214. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

215. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

216. “If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

217. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

218. “We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

219. “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

220. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

221. “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

222. “With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

223. “Think of strangers as friends you not met yet.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

224. “Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

225. “I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

226. “Every person is responsible for his own looks after 40.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

227. “The written word may be man’s greatest invention. It allows us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

228. “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).

229. “Public opinion in this country is everything.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

230. “Your organization will take on the personality of its top leaders.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

231. “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 a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

232. “You dislike the emancipation proclamation; and, perhaps, would have it retracted. You say it is unconstitutional – I think differently.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

233. “Work, work, work, is the main thing.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

234. “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

235. “A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

236. “The occasion is piled high with difficulty. We must rise to the occasion.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

237. “I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

238. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

239. “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

240. “A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

241. “Never stir up litigation, a worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this, who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

242. “Always remember: Life is for enjoying.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

243. “We can not have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

244. “I am busily engaged in study of the Bible.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

245. “What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

246. “I hold that while a man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

247. “Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

248. “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 merit, then is due to the soldier.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

249. “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).

250. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

251. “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

252. “This nation under God.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

253. “I could write shorter sermons but when I get started I’m too lazy to stop.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

254. “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 then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence forward, and forever free…” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

255. “The struggle of today, is not altogether for today – it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

256. “The eyes of that species of extinct giant, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara as our eyes do now.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

257. “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

258. “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

259. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

260. “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 the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

261. “I would rather be assassinated than see a single star removed from the American flag.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

262. “We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

263. “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 knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

264. “Lonely men seek companionship. Lonely women sit at home and wait. They never meet.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

265. “Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

266. “Great men are ordinary men with extraordinary determination.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

267. “The plainest print cannot be read through a gold eagle.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

268. “As we keep or break the Sabbath Day we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

269. “There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

270. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

271. “If I am killed, I can die by once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

272. “I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

273. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

274. “If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

275. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

276. “But fight we must; and conquer we shall; in the end.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

277. “What are you gonna do for a face when the baboon wants his ass back?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

278. “It must now atone in blood for its complicity in wickedness.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

279. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

280. “With high hope for the future, no prediction is ventured.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

281. “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”  ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

282. “Let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

283. “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 anything on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

284. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

285. “Care for him who shall have borne the battle.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

286. “We can succeed only by concert. It is not ’can any of us imagine better?, but ’can we all do better?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

287. “If the good people in their wisdom shall see fit to keep me in the background, I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

288. “You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

289. “Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

290. “Any society that takes away from those most capable and gives to the least will perish.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

291. “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!” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

292. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

293. “There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

294. “Teach economy. That is one of the first and highest virtues. It begins with saving money.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

295. “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 capacities.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

296. “All that harms labor is treason to America.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

297. “Bring me Longstreet’s head on a platter and the war will be over.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

298. “As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

299. “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 than any other way.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

300. “Killing the dog does not cure the bite.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

301. “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

302. “Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

303. “Why don’t you laugh? If I did not laugh I should die, and you need this medicine as much as I do.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

304. “With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

305. “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…” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

306. “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 not borrow capital at interest as a means of financing government work and public enterprises.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

307. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

308. “I cannot imaging anyone looking at the sky and denying God.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

309. “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

310. “When you lack interest in the case the job will very likely lack skill and diligence in the performance.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

311. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

312. “I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

313. “Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

314. “As labor is the common burden of our race, so the effort of some to shift their share of the burden onto the shoulders of others is the great durable curse of the race.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

315. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

316. “We shall meanly lose or nobly save the last hope of earth.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

317. “Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and remain with you and be everywhere 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 me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

318. “I believe the declaration that ‘all men are created equal’ is the great fundamental principle upon which our free institutions’ rest.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

319. “I will either be America’s greatest president or its last.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

320. “Again, a law may be both constitutional and expedient, and yet may be administered in an unjust and unfair way.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

321. “It is the quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws; but to break up both, and make new ones.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

322. “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 may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

323. “All true wisdom is found on T-shirts.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

Profound Abraham Lincoln Quotes

324. “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 the quarrel.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

325. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

326. “I was raised to farm work.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

327. “Four score and seven days is too long between massages.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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

329. “When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government-that is despotism.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

330. “To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards of men.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

331. “Must I shoot a simple-minded soldier boy who deserts, while I must not touch a hair of the wily agitator who induces him to desert? I think that in such a case to silence the agitator and save the boy is not only constitutional but withal a great mercy.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

332. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

333. “The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

334. “Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

335. “Sending armies to McClellan is like shoveling fleas across a barnyard, not half of them get there.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

336. “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

337. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

338. “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?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

339. “The war, the American Civil War of 1861-1865, would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

340. “Familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

341. “May our children and our children’s children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

342. “Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

343. “Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

344. “The ant, who has toiled and dragged a crumb to his nest, will furiously defend the fruit of his labor, against whatever robber assails him. So plain, that the most dumb and stupid slave that ever toiled for a master, does constantly know that he is wronged.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

345. “With the Catching Ends the Pleasure of the Chase.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

346. “He will have to learn, I know, that all people are not just- that all men and women are not true. Teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero that for every enemy there is a friend. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest people to lick.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

347. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

348. “I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

349. “The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

350. “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 the inventor and owner of the present, and sole hope of the future?” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

351. “The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

352. “Friends, I agree with you in Providence; but I believe in the Providence of the most men, the largest purse, and the longest cannon.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

353. “Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

354. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

355. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

356. “Why don’t I drink from a straw? Because straws are for suckers.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

357. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

358. “In law it is good policy to never plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you can not.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

359. “As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

360. “Laughter is the joyous universal evergreen of life!” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

361. “Labor is superior to capital and precedes capital. Without labor, there is no capital.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

362. “Lamon, that speech won’t scour. It is a flat failure and the people are disappointed.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

363. “Teach hope to all, despair to none.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

364. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

365. “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, unless we are made to think we are at the same time doing something for ourselves.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

366. “Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

367. “Military glory-that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood-that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy…” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

368. “My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

369. “The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

370. “A right result, at this time, will be worth more to the world, than ten times the men, and ten times the money.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

371. “I believe I shall never be old enough to speak without embarrassment when I have nothing to talk about.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

372. “You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

373. “God bless the Methodist Church – bless all the churches – and blessed be God, Who, in this our great trial, giveth us the churches.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

374. “Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

375. “Avoid popularity if you would have peace.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

376. “Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

377. “You may have a wen or a cancer upon your person and not be able to cut it out lest you bleed to death; but surely it is no way to cure it, to engraft it and spread it over your whole body.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

378. “Persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should be adopted to influence the conduct of men. The opposite course would be a reversal of human nature, which is God’s decree and can never be reversed.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

379. “My Dear McClellan, if you don’t want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

380. “You have more of a feeling of personal resentment than I have. Perhaps, I have too little of it, but I never thought it paid.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

381. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

382. “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.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

383. “Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

384. “We shall not fail – if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).
385. “Knavery and flattery are blood relations.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

386. “We must settle this question now – whether in a free government the minority have the right to break it up whenever they choose. If we fail, it will go far to prove the incapability of the people to govern themselves.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

387. “Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

388. “Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

389. “If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

390. “Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

391. “Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets, and that when ballots have fairly and constitutionally decided there can be no successful appeal back to bullets.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

392. “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

393. “Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

394. “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).

395. “If I had my way, this war would never have been commenced. If I had been allowed my way this war would have been ended before this.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

396. “Legislation and adjudication must follow, and conform to, the progress of society.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

397. “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

398. “Nothing will divert me from my purpose.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

399. “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

400. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

401. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” ~ (Abraham Lincoln).

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Short Biography of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President, guided the country through the Civil War and played a pivotal role in abolishing slavery.

Born in a Kentucky log cabin, he rose from poverty through self-education, becoming a successful lawyer and politician.

Full Name Abraham Lincoln
16th POTUS March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
Born February 12, 1809 Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky, U.S.
Died April 15, 1865 (aged 56) Washington, D.C., U.S.
Manner of death Assassination by gunshot
Resting place Lincoln Tomb
Political party Republican (after 1856), Whig (before 1856)
Other Political Affiliations National Union (1864–1865)
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Spouse Mary Todd ​(m. 1842)​
Children Robert, Edward, Willie, Tad
Parents Thomas Lincoln, Nancy Hanks
Relatives Lincoln family
Occupation Politician, Lawyer

Lincoln’s presidency was marked by his effective management of diverse political factions and his leadership in preserving the Union.

He issued the Emancipation Proclamation and promoted the Thirteenth Amendment, ending slavery.

Tragically, just days after the Confederate surrender, he was assassinated, leaving a legacy as one of America’s most revered leaders.

Quick Facts about Abraham Lincoln

  • Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. president to be assassinated.
  • He lost five elections before becoming president.
  • Lincoln served as president for 1,503 days.
  • He led the country during the Civil War.
  • Lincoln had less than 18 months of formal education.
  • He’s often ranked as the greatest U.S. president.
  • Lincoln was the first Republican president.
  • He had two vice-presidents during his time in office.
  • The United States Secret Service was established the day Lincoln died.
  • Lincoln disliked being called “Abe.”
  • He was the tallest U.S. president at 6’4″.
  • Lincoln is the only president to have a patent.
  • Only one of his four sons, Robert Lincoln, lived to adulthood.
  • The last undisputed descendant of Lincoln died in 1985.
  • Lincoln’s dog Fido was also assassinated.
  • He had a dream about his assassination before it happened.
  • Questions have been raised about Lincoln’s sexuality.
  • Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
  • He became president without a majority of the popular vote.
  • Lincoln was the first bearded U.S. president.
  • His beard was inspired by a letter from an 11-year-old girl.
  • Lincoln was commander-in-chief during the biggest war on American soil.
  • His presidency saw over 1 million Civil War casualties.
  • Lincoln’s interest in dreams often led to discussions with friends.
  • His patent described an innovative method to adjust a boat’s buoyancy.
  • Lincoln helped shape the Republican Party’s national dominance.
  • He was born to a farmer and seamstress.
  • Lincoln was known for his height and respect it commanded.
  • His formal schooling was sporadic and from itinerant teachers.
  • Lincoln’s assassination premonition came true on April 14, 1865.

Top Questions about Abraham Lincoln

Q: Who was the first president of the United States to be assassinated, and where did it happen?

A: Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. president to be assassinated. The tragic event occurred at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C.

Q: Before becoming president, how many elections did Abraham Lincoln lose, and for what positions?

A: Lincoln lost five elections before his presidency, including one for the Illinois General Assembly, one for U.S. Congress, two for U.S. Senate, and one for the nomination for vice president.

Q: How long did Abraham Lincoln serve as president, and where does he rank in terms of time in office among U.S. presidents?

A: Lincoln served as president for 1,503 days. This places him as the 21st president in terms of time spent in office.

Q: During which major conflict was Abraham Lincoln president, and how many casualties were there?

A: Lincoln was president during the Civil War, which saw over 1 million casualties, equaling about 3% of the population at that time.

Q: How much formal education did Abraham Lincoln have, and what jobs did he hold before entering politics?

A: Lincoln had about 18 months of formal education. He worked as a merchant, postmaster, county surveyor, and lawyer before his political career.

Q: In historical rankings of U.S. presidents, where does Abraham Lincoln typically stand?

A: Abraham Lincoln is often ranked among the top three presidents in U.S. history, frequently taking the top spot in various scholar surveys.

Q: How many vice-presidents served under Lincoln, and what were their political affiliations?

A: Two vice-presidents served under Lincoln: Hannibal Hamlet, a Republican, during Lincoln’s first term, and Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, during his second term.

Q: What significant agency did Lincoln establish, and what was its initial purpose?

A: Lincoln established the United States Secret Service, initially tasked with suppressing counterfeiting.

Q: What unique distinction does Lincoln hold regarding U.S. patents?

A: Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president to hold a patent, which was for a device to lift boats over shoals and obstacles in a river.

Q: Who was the last undisputed descendant of Abraham Lincoln, and when did he die?

A: The last undisputed descendant of Lincoln was Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, who died childless on Christmas Eve in 1985.

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