Abraham Lincoln quotes page 1
February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865; Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the US, serving from 1861
until 1865. Lincoln is most well-known for having led the United States through the American Civil War, and for the
eventual abolishment of slavery via the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. Born in
Hodgenville, Kentucky, in 1809, Lincoln came from a destitute family. He was primarily self-educated, reading and
re-reading books such as Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, Aesop's Fables, and the King James Bible. He later worked as a lawyer, a
congressman, and finally a president. In 1842, Abraham married his wife of twenty years, Mary Todd. Out of the
four sons they had together, only one survived to have children of his own. Despite his short presidency, he is
famous for having passed a number of key laws and delivering some of the best speeches in American history. One
of these is known as the Gettysburg Address, delivered upon the victory of the Battle of Gettysburg
on location. The most known line from the speech is, "That a government of the people, by the people, for the
people, shall not perish from the earth." After the conclusion of the Civil War in America, Abraham Lincoln
worked to reconstruct the divided country into one – reconnected the southern states with the northern, while
simultaneously integrating newly freed slaves with the rest of the populace. Only once the war had ended was he
able to get the Thirteenth Amendment passed in Congress, outlawing slavery on a national level. Lincoln was
assassinated in 1865, thus cutting his presidency short. The assailant was actor and Confederate spy, John
Wilkes Booth. Lincoln was shot in the head at point-blank range at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., where he
and his wife were attending a play. Lincoln died from his wound on April 15th, 1865.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be
because we destroyed ourselves.
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the
tree is the real thing.
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your father was.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
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.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my axe.
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?
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
I cannot bring myself to believe that any human being lives who would do me any harm.
Resolve to be honest at all events; and if, in your own judgement, you cannot be an honest
lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all
You must not wait to be brought forward by the older men....
Do you suppose that I should ever have got into notice if I had waited to be hunted up and
pushed forward by older men?
The Democrats of today hold the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing when in
conflict with another man's right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both
the man and the dollar, but in cases of conflict, the man before the dollar.
I don't know who my grandfather was. I am much more concerned to know what his grandson
It is true that while I hold myself without mock modesty the humblest of all individuals that
have ever been elevated to the Presidency, I have a more difficult task to perform than any
one of them.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have
My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human
Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the
The worst thing you can do for anyone you care about is anything that they can do on their
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.
Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon
human exertion and happiness is wonderful.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our
duty as we understand it.
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." How much it expresses! How chastening in the
hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!