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.


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

Abraham Lincoln

Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.     

Abraham Lincoln

The plainest print cannot be read through a gold eagle.     

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln

Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves. 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.     

Abraham Lincoln

If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend.     

Abraham Lincoln

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?     

Abraham Lincoln

Whatever spiteful fools may say, Each jealous ranting yelper, No woman ever went astray, Without a man to help her.     

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln

The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish. I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible.     

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln

Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream.     

Abraham Lincoln

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.     

Abraham Lincoln

The Cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one, or even one hundred defeats.     

Abraham Lincoln

I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class.      

Abraham Lincoln

We can succeed only by concert. It is not, 'Can any of us imagine better,' but, 'Can we all do better?'     

Abraham Lincoln

I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No—when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.     

Abraham Lincoln

How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg.     

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln

A man's legs must be long enough to reach the ground.     

Abraham Lincoln

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty     

Abraham Lincoln

We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.      

Abraham Lincoln

The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.      

Abraham Lincoln

It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.      

Abraham Lincoln

A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.     

Abraham Lincoln

The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.     

Abraham Lincoln

Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.     

Abraham Lincoln

The unpleasant events you are passing from will not have been profitless to you.     

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln