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.
Constituted as man is, he has positive need of occasional recreation, and whatever can give
him this, associated with virtue and advantage and free from vice and disadvantage, is a
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
I am not accustomed to the use of language of eulogy; I have never studied the art of
paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and
poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of
America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying,
God bless the women of America!
Do good to those who hate you and turn their ill will to friendship.
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.
Gentlemen, you had better come up and shake my hand while you can - honors elevate some
Doesn't it strike you as queer that I, who couldn't cut the head off of a chicken, and who
was sick at the sight of blood, should be cast into the middle of a great war, with blood
flowing all about me?
A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure,
permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not
expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one
thing or all the other.
There is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights
enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of
When first my father settled here,
'Twas then the frontier line:
The panther's scream filled night with fear,
And bears preyed on the swine.
To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.
Abraham Lincoln is my name,
And with my pen I wrote the same,
I write in both haste and speed,
and left it here for fools to read.
You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman's dance.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your