Abraham Lincoln Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Abraham Lincoln quotes, Abraham Lincoln sayings, and Abraham Lincoln proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

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Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.     

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

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Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.

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No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

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Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature - opposition to it, is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.

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Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.     

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Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature - opposition to it, is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.

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And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

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If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.

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Bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

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What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.     

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Achievement has no color.     

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Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.

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I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.

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You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.     

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I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.     

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When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.

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Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.

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He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.     

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To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.     

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

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The ballot is stronger than the bullet.     

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Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. He who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or decisions possible or impossible to execute.

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Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.

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With malice toward none, with charity for all, ...let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ...to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

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By the fruit the tree is to be known. An evil tree cannot bring forth good fruit.

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

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Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents

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Believing everyone is dangerous, but believing nobody is more dangerous.     

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