Abraham Lincoln Quotes and Sayings

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. ~Abraham Lincoln

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. ~Abraham Lincoln

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. ~Abraham Lincoln

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. ~Abraham Lincoln

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. ~Abraham Lincoln

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. ~Abraham Lincoln

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 by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. ~Abraham Lincoln

Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. ~Abraham Lincoln

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~Abraham Lincoln

A house divided against itself cannot stand. ~Abraham Lincoln

When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say. ~Abraham Lincoln

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. ~Abraham Lincoln

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ~Abraham Lincoln

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.

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

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Abraham Lincoln

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ~Abraham Lincoln

With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds. ~Abraham Lincoln

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. ~Abraham Lincoln

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. ~Abraham Lincoln

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. ~Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ~Abraham Lincoln

Sir, 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. ~Abraham Lincoln

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. ~Abraham Lincoln

Some day I shall be President. ~Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~Abraham Lincoln

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. ~Abraham Lincoln

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all. ~Abraham Lincoln

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. ~Abraham Lincoln

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. ~Abraham Lincoln

Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. ~Abraham Lincoln

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. ~Abraham Lincoln

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. ~Abraham Lincoln

I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back. ~Abraham Lincoln

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. ~Abraham Lincoln

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. ~Abraham Lincoln

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. ~Abraham Lincoln

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ~Abraham Lincoln

I will prepare and some day my chance will come. ~Abraham Lincoln

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. ~Abraham Lincoln

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. ~Abraham Lincoln

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. ~Abraham Lincoln

A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. ~Abraham Lincoln

Avoid popularity if you would have peace. ~Abraham Lincoln

If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. ~Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. ~Abraham Lincoln

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. ~Abraham Lincoln

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. ~Abraham Lincoln

Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure. ~Abraham Lincoln

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. ~Abraham Lincoln

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

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. ~Abraham Lincoln

Everybody likes a compliment. ~Abraham Lincoln

Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. ~Abraham Lincoln

You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. ~Abraham Lincoln

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. ~Abraham Lincoln

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. ~Abraham Lincoln

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. ~Abraham Lincoln

If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. ~Abraham Lincoln

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. ~Abraham Lincoln

In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. ~Abraham Lincoln

In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. ~Abraham Lincoln

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. ~Abraham Lincoln

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. ~Abraham Lincoln

Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar. ~Abraham Lincoln

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. ~Abraham Lincoln

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it. ~Abraham Lincoln

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