Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Time (16 Quotes)



    You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.

    The story of a jackass Lincoln owned as a young man The case of that jackass was most singular. When everything was pleasant all around he would kick the worst. When his rack was fullest and his stall fixed with new straw and everything real comfortable, that jackass would start in on the almightiest spell of kicking that was ever seen. All the veterinary surgeons in the neighborhood came and tried to find out just what made the critter kick so. They never could agree about it. One thing we all noticed was that he always brayed and kicked at the same time. Sometimes he would bray first and then kick, but other times he would kick first and then bray, so that confused us, and nobody in that whole country was ever able to find out whether that jackass was braying at his own kick or kicking at his own brays.

    If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time you can even fool some of the people all the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

    I'm sorry I wrote such a long letter. I did not have the time to write a short one.


    If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

    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.

    Sorrow comes to all...Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better and yet you are sure to be happy again.

    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.

    Something in the Declaration giving liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but hope to the world for all future time.

    It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, ''You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it.''

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

    There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."

    You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

    My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.

    The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.


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