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Abraham Lincoln Quotes Collection

Updated on March 10, 2013

You might noticed a few months ago i've published Albert Einstein Quotes Collection, and this time i am going to publish again some collected quotes of one of the greatest person in the world. He is Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of America's greatest heroes due to both his incredible impact on the nation and his unique appeal. During the U.S. Civil War Lincoln protected the Union and brought about the emancipation of slaves. Abraham Lincoln was born on The Day of the Unifier (the same day as Charles Darwin, and many have argued that both men touched off a revolution that changed the world) in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. You can get more information at WIKI, BIOGRAPHY or WHITEHOUSE website.

Abraham Lincoln photographed on March 6, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln photographed on March 6, 1865.


  • Name: Abraham Lincoln
  • Born: February 12, 1809
  • Birth Place: Hodgenville, Kentucky
  • Died: April 15, 1865
  • Place of Death: Petersen House, Washington, D.C.
  • Nickname: Honest Abe, The Great Emancipator
  • Height: 6 feet 3.3 inches
  • Profession: Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Representative
  • Wife: Mary Todd
  • Children:
    • Robert Todd Lincoln
    • Tad Lincoln
    • William Wallace Lincoln
    • Edward Baker Lincoln

Petersen House, Washington, D.C:
Petersen House, 516 10th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, USA

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On April 15, 1865, United States President Abraham Lincoln died here after being shot.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Some quotes by Abraham Lincoln, the quotes are alphabetically organised. Hope you enjoy these.

  1. == A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. ==
  2. == A house divided against itself cannot stand. ==
  3. == A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. ==
  4. == Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ==
  5. == America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ==
  6. == Avoid popularity if you would have peace. ==
  7. == 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 right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. ==
  8. == All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. ==
  9. == Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. ==
  10. == 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 - and you allow him to make war at pleasure. ==
  11. == All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. ==
  12. == All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. ==
  13. == As our case is new, we must think and act anew. ==
  14. == 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 author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. ==
  15. == Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. ==
  16. == Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. ==
  17. == Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ==
  18. == Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. ==
  19. == Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ==
  20. == Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. ==
  21. == Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. ==
  22. == 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. ==
  23. == Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. ==
  24. == Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. ==
  25. == 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 of their esteem. ==
  26. == Everybody likes a compliment. ==
  27. == 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. ==
  28. == Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. ==
  29. == Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ==
  30. == 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. ==
  31. == He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make. ==
  32. == Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible. ==
  33. == He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. ==
  34. == I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. ==
  35. == I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back. ==
  36. == I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. ==
  37. == As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. ==
  38. == I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. ==
  39. == 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. ==
  40. == I will prepare and some day my chance will come. ==
  41. == Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. ==
  42. == I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. ==
  43. == It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. ==
  44. == I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ==
  45. == I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. ==
  46. == 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. ==
  47. == 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. ==
  48. == I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. ==
  49. == 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. ==
  50. == If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? ==
  51. == If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. ==
  52. == I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. ==
  53. == I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. ==
  54. == If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. ==
  55. == 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. ==
  56. == In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. ==
  57. == I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. ==
  58. == I can make more generals, but horses cost money. ==
  59. == I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. ==
  60. == 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. ==
  61. == 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. ==
  62. == I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause. ==
  63. == Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. ==
  64. == 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. ==
  65. == If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. ==
  66. == If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg. ==
  67. == 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. ==
  68. == In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ==
  69. == Knavery and flattery are blood relations. ==
  70. == 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. ==
  71. == 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. ==
  72. == 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. ==
  73. == Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. ==
  74. == My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. ==
  75. == My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. ==
  76. == No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. ==
  77. == Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. ==
  78. == No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. ==
  79. == Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. ==
  80. == No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent. ==
  81. == 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 doors. ==
  82. == Public opinion in this country is everything. ==
  83. == Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. ==
  84. == Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar. ==
  85. == Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything. ==
  86. == Some day I shall be President. ==
  87. == 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. ==
  88. == Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. ==
  89. == 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. ==
  90. == The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them. ==
  91. == That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. ==
  92. == 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. ==
  93. == The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. ==
  94. == 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. ==
  95. == 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. ==
  96. == Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ==
  97. == Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. ==
  98. == The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. ==
  99. == To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary. ==
  100. == The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions. ==
  101. == The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. ==
  102. == To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. ==
  103. == The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. ==
  104. == Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ==
  105. == 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. ==
  106. == The man does not live who is more devoted to peace than I am. None who would do more to preserve it. But it may be necessary to put the foot down firmly. ==
  107. == 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. ==
  108. == The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. ==
  109. == Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. ==
  110. == The ballot is stronger than the bullet. ==
  111. == These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people. ==
  112. == 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. ==
  113. == 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. ==
  114. == There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time." ==
  115. == The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. ==
  116. == When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run. ==
  117. == What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. ==
  118. == We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. ==
  119. == With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. ==
  120. == 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. ==
  121. == When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. ==
  122. == With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. ==
  123. == 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. ==
  124. == 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. ==
  125. == Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. ==
  126. == When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. ==
  127. == Whatever you are, be a good one. ==
  128. == You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. ==
  129. == You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ==
  130. == You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. ==

Allan Pinkerton, President Abraham Lincoln, and Major General John A. McClernand.
Allan Pinkerton, President Abraham Lincoln, and Major General John A. McClernand.


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