Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

"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."

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

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

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

"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."

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

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

"Avoid popularity if you would have peace."

"Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. 

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

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

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

"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."

"Everybody likes a compliment."

"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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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."

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

"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."

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."

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

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

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

"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."

Written by Famous Author : Abraham Lincoln   
The Life of Abraham Lincoln

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

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