Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th President of the United States, and has been remembered as "Great Emancipator" because he ended slavery in the United States.
2064. I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.
2065. I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.
2066. I must stand with anybody that stands right and part from him when he goes wrong.
2067. I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
2068. I say ‘try'; if we never try, we shall never succeed.
2069. I shall not do more than I can, and I shall do all I can to save the government, which is my sworn duty as well as my personal inclination. I shall do nothing in malice. What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing.
2070. If elected I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same.
2023. I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.
2024. I do not impugn the motives of any one opposed to me.
2025. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end.
2026. I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good.
2027. I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know who my grandson will be.
2028. I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
2029. I dream of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
2030. I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
1994. Happy day, when, all appetites controlled, all poisons subdued, all matter subjected, mind all conquering mind, shall live and move the monarch of the world.
1995. Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.
1996. Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.
1997. I am always for the man who wishes to work.
1998. I am not concerned that you have fallen. I am concerned that you arise.
1999. I am naturally anti-slavery.
2000. I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace.
1964. Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift.
1965. Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
1966. Every man over forty is responsible for his face.
1967. Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
1968. Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.
1969. Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.
1970. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time.
1971. Half-finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
1909. Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
1910. Bad promises are better broken than kept.
1911. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
1912. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
1913. Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
1914. Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward, and give us victories.
1915. Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
1916. Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
1917. Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
1895. I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.
1896. A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
1897. A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
1898. According to our ancient faith, the just powers of governments are derived from the consent of the governed.
1899. Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.
1900. Again, a law may be both constitutional and expedient, and yet may be administered in an unjust and unfair way.
1901. America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
997. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
998. That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
999. 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.
1000. Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.
1001. When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.
1002. I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.
1003. You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.
1004. Everybody likes a compliment.
988. You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm.
989. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
990. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
991. The best way to predict your future is to create it.
992. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
993. Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
994. Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.
995. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
996. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
812. Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.
813. Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy.
814. Welcome, or unwelcome, agreeable, or disagreeable, whether this shall be an entire slave nation, is the issue before us.
815. Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest amongst us are held out the highest privileges and positions. The present moment finds me at the White House, yet there is as good a chance for your children as there was for my father's.
816. 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.
296. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
297. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
298. 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 of the time.
299. Every person's happiness is their own responsibility.
300. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
301. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
302. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
303. I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
304. Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
1. 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.
2. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
3. Why do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"
4. Whatever you are, be a good one.
5. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
6. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
7. 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 up to what light I have.
8. I will prepare and some day my chance will come.