Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1861 until his assassination. As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year. During his term, he helped preserve the United States by leading the defeat of the secessionist Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. He introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery, issuing his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865.
1. Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
2. Whatever you are, be a good one.
3. Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
4. America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
5. My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
6. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
10. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
11. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves
12. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
13. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
14. There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.
15. 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.
16. Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
17. I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
18. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
19. 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.
20. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
21. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
22. I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.
23. If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
24. I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
25. All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
26. Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.
27. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
28. No man is poor who has a Godly mother.
29. The best way to predict your future is to create it.
30. I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.
31. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
32. Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
33. I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
34. Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
35. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
36. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar
37. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
38. My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh — anything but work.
39. If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. -Speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854.
40. I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
41. All I have learned, I learned from books.
42. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
43. I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
44. Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.
45. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
46. I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
47. I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
48. It’s not me who can’t keep a secret. It’s the people I tell that can’t.
49. The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.
50. It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
51. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once.
52. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
53. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
54. You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry
55. If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
56. 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.
57. It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
58. 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.
59. The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships
60. I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise.