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.


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.

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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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I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.

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Determine the thing that can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.     

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

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I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.     

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I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.

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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.

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It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, ''You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it.     

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

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

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

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A government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

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I like to see a man* proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so his place will be proud of him.

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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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I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.

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

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

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

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Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.     

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Upon the subject of education. I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.     

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

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I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life

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

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Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?

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It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.     

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No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar     

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I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. Happy Birthday Mom.

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I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother. Happy Birthday Mom.

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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.

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