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  I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Whatever you are, be a good one.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Four score 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.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesnt make it a leg.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

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

  I dont like that man. I must get to know him better.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I will prepare and someday my chance will come.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Dont worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  I cannot bring myself to believe that any human being lives who would do me any harm.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Resolve to be honest at all events; and if, in your own judgement, you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

   A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  You must not wait to be brought forward by the older men....  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Do you suppose that I should ever have got into notice if I had waited to be hunted up and pushed forward by older men?  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The Democrats of today hold the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing when in conflict with another man's right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar, but in cases of conflict, the man before the dollar.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I dont know who my grandfather was. I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It is true that while I hold myself without mock modesty the humblest of all individuals that have ever been elevated to the Presidency, I have a more difficult task to perform than any one of them.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap. Let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges. Let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in almanacs. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in the courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves.  
 -  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
  

  Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon human exertion and happiness is wonderful.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  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
  

  It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, 'And this too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  A man watches his pear-tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.  
 -  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
  

  You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

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

  If this is coffee, please bring me some tea.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  But if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Military glory - the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  It is not me who cant keep a secret. It is the people I tell that cant.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The resources, advantages, and powers of the American people are very great, and they have, consequently, succeeded to equally great responsibilities. It seems to have devolved upon them to test whether a government established on the principles of human freedom can be maintained against an effort to build one upon the exclusive foundation of human bondage.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong it is reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you cant fool all of the people all of the time.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It shall be my endeavor to preserve the peace of this country so far as it can possibly be done, consistently with the maintenance of the institutions of the country. With my consent, or without my great displeasure, this country shall never witness the shedding of one drop of blood in fraternal strife.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is not democracy.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  How miserably things seem to be arranged in this world. If we have no friends, we have no pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them and be doubly pained by the loss.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans' appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  We are a great empire. We are 80 years old. We stand at once the wonder and admiration of the whole world, and we must enquire what it is that has given us so much prosperity, and we shall understand that to give up that one thing would be to give up all future prosperity. This cause is that every man can make himself. It has been said that such a race of prosperity has been run nowhere else.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  If the rotten democracy shall be beaten in 1860, it has to be done by the North; no human invention can deprive them of the South. I do not deny that there are as good men in the South as the North; and I guess we will elect one of them if he will allow us to do so on Republican ground.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: And this, too, shall pass away.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I dont deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh - anything but work.  
 -  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
  

  You know that it has not been my custom, since I started on the route to Washington, to make long speeches; I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man with a fairer skin than your own.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I have often wished that I was a more devout man than I am.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Avoid popularity if you would have peace.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  We want, and must have, a national policy as to slavery which deals with it as being a wrong.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

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

  I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

  Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

  A man who denies to other men equality of rights is hardly worthy of freedom; but I would give even to him all the rights which I claim for myself.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch anything on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  If all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of government.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races - I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office,  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It is my pleasure that my children are free, happy and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave others is a 'sacred right of self-government.' These principles cannot stand together. They are as opposite as God and Mammon; and whoever holds to the one must despise the other.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  My earlier views at the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.  
 -  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 purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say that I have a great respect for the simicolon; it is a very useful little chap.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government - that is despotism.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me insufficient for the day.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when sentence was about to be pronounced pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  You can better succeed with the ballot. You can peaceably then redeem the government and preserve the liberties of mankind through your votes and voice and moral influence... Let there be peace. Revolutionize throught he ballot box and restore the government once more to the affections and hearts of men by making it express, as it was intended to do, the highest spirit of justice and liberty.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Dont interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted.   
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Constituted as man is, he has positive need of occasional recreation, and whatever can give him this, associated with virtue and advantage and free from vice and disadvantage, is a positive good.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

  I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I am not accustomed to the use of language of eulogy; I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God bless the women of America!  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Do good to those who hate you and turn their ill will to friendship.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Gentlemen, you had better come up and shake my hand while you can - honors elevate some men.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  “A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gal.'' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Doesnt it strike you as queer that I, who couldn't cut the head off of a chicken, and who was sick at the sight of blood, should be cast into the middle of a great war, with blood flowing all about me?  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  There is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.   
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.  
 -  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
  

  My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman's dance.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Truth is generally the best vindication against slander  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

  You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  It is my pleasure that my children are free, happy and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman's dance.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon human exertion and happiness is wonderful.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Constituted as man is, he has positive need of occasional recreation, and whatever can give him this, associated with virtue and advantage and free from vice and disadvantage, is a positive good.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The resources, advantages, and powers of the American people are very great, and they have, consequently, succeeded to equally great responsibilities. It seems to have devolved upon them to test whether a government established on the principles of human freedom can be maintained against an effort to build one upon the exclusive foundation of human bondage.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans' appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes.  
 -  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, and beer.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans' appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be bastards.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Treat your friend as if he will one day be your enemy, and your enemy as if he will one day be your friend.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Gentlemen, you had better come up and shake my hand while you can - honors elevate some men.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon human exertion and happiness is wonderful.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Resolve to be honest at all events; and if, in your own judgement, you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

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

  Resolve to be honest at all events; and if, in your own judgement, you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

  We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

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

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

  Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Lets 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
  

  That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history  
 -  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
  

  My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh - anything but work.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Military glory - that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.  
 -  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
  

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

  The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  When the solution is simple, God is answering.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

  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
  

  If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward and give us victories.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

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

  I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln