Abraham Lincoln Quotes (426 Quotes)


    It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.

    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.

    Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.


    Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest.


    There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration. Attributed to Representative Abraham Lincoln. by W. T. Roche, address at Washington, Kansas, April 9, 1942 'These words were spoken by Lincoln, then a Congressman, in defense of his condemnation of President Polk for provoking the Mexican War.'

    A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.

    I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization.

    We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

    It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital that nobody labors unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow by the use of it, induces him to labor. This assumed, it is next considered whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their consent. Having proceeded so far, it is naturally concluded that all laborers are either hired laborers or what we call slaves. Now, there is no such relation between capital and labor as here assumed .... Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.

    We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.

    Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.

    Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

    When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one.

    Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.

    We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.

    Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it the tree is the real thing I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have l.

    The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.

    Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

    Only events and not a man's exertions in his own behalf, can make a President.

    I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.

    A farce or comedy is best played a tragedy is best read at home.


    As the chief speaker at the dedication of the national cemetery at the Gettysburg Battlefield, statesman Edward Everett wrote to Lincoln I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes.

    If all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of government.

    My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it.

    The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all in their separate and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought n.

    Broken campaign promises are as old as the Presidency itself. Here the 'Great Emancipator' makes an inaugural pledge that history would sooner forget. 'I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.'

    I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

    Die when I may, I want it said of me that I plucked a weed and planted a flower where ever I thought a flower would grow.


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