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

Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
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You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
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And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
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The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
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That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
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No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
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If this is coffee, please bring me some tea.
But if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
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Military glory - the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
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If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar.
If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.
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No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
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Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country,
and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.
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You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but
you cannot fool all of the people all the time.
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I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as
they shall appear to be true views.
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The resources, advantages, and powers of the American people are very great, and they
have, consequently, succeeded to equally great responsibilities. It seems to have devolved
upon them to test whether a government established on the principles of human freedom can
be maintained against an effort to build one upon the exclusive foundation of human
It shall be my endeavor to preserve the peace of this country so far as it can possibly be
done, consistently with the maintenance of the institutions of the country. With my consent,
or without my great displeasure, this country shall never witness the shedding of one drop of
blood in fraternal strife.

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is not democracy.
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How miserably things seem to be arranged in this world. If we have no friends, we have no
pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them and be doubly pained by the loss.
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Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans' appetite
through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes.
We are a great empire. We are 80 years old. We stand at once the wonder and admiration of
the whole world, and we must enquire what it is that has given us so much prosperity, and
we shall understand that to give up that one thing would be to give up all future prosperity.
This cause is that every man can make himself. It has been said that such a race of
prosperity has been run nowhere else.
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He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
If the rotten democracy shall be beaten in 1860, it has to be done by the North; no human
invention can deprive them of the South. I do not deny that there are as good men in the
South as the North; and I guess we will elect one of them if he will allow us to do so on
Republican ground.
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever
in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented
him the words: And this, too, shall pass away.
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My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it.
I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh - anything but work.
You know that it has not been my custom, since I started on the route to Washington, to
make long speeches; 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
You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter having the right to enslave
the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man with a fairer skin
than your own.
I have often wished that I was a more devout man than I am.
We want, and must have, a national policy as to slavery which deals with it as being a wrong.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Abraham Lincoln
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