Authors - Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through its greatest constitutional, military and moral crisis - the American Civil War - preserving the Union while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. - Wikipedia
All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration.
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a 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.
As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.
People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. ThatÂ’s my religion.
He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
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.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lords side.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already.
I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
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 will prepare and some day my chance will come.
If thou desire to purchase honor with thy wealth, consider first how that wealth became thine; if thy labor got it, let thy wisdom keep it; if oppression found it, let repentance restore it; if thy parent left it, let thy virtues deserve it; so shall thy honor be safer, better and cheaper.
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.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
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.