Letter to Joseph Gillespie (July 13, 1849).
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.Abraham LincolnSpeech, Peoria,16 October 1864
I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.Abraham LincolnAs quoted in Costs of Administering Reparation for Work Injuries in Illinois by Alfred Fletcher Conard (1952, pg. 28).
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.Abraham LincolnAn inspirational quote by our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, about the value of persistence.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.Abraham LincolnAttributed to Abraham Lincoln in Josiah G. Holland, The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1866), p. 23; and George Alfred Townsend, The Real Life of Abraham Lincoln (1867), p. 6. According to Townsend, Lincoln made this remark to his law partner, William Herndon. It is disputed whether this quote refers to Lincoln's natural mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when he was nine years old, or to his stepmother, Sarah Bush (Johnston) Lincoln.
The way for a young man to rise, is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that any body wishes to hinder him.Abraham LincolnLetter to William H Herndon (10 July 1848).
Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.Abraham LincolnAs quoted in Excellent Quotations for Home and School (1888) by Julia B. Hoitt, p. 97
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.Abraham Lincoln16th president of the United States of America
What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?Abraham LincolnSpeech, New York, 27 February 1860
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 dismember or overthrow it.Abraham LincolnIn his First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861).
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.Abraham LincolnSpeech in the House of Representatives (20 June 1848).
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 LincolnRemarks at the Monogahela House (February 14, 1861); quoted in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 209.
The severest justice may not always be the best policy.Abraham LincolnVeto message, eventually not executed, written as a response to the Second Confiscation Act passed by Congress. (17 July 1862)The Emancipation Proclamation, by John Hope Franklin, Doubleday Anchor Books, New York, NY, 1963, page 19.
I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.Abraham LincolnReply to delegation from the National Union League approving and endorsing "the nominations made by the Union National Convention at Baltimore." New York Times, Herald, and Tribune, June 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 7.
My earlier views on the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation have become clearer and stronger with advancing years.Abraham Lincoln
Utah will yet become the treasure-house of the nation.Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln, Edward Tullige in "History of Salt Lake City" (1886) 697.
Did Stanton say I was a damned fool? Then I dare say I must be one, for Stanton is generally right and he always says what he means.Abraham LincolnAs quoted in Lincoln; An Account of his Personal Life, Especially of its Springs of Action as Revealed and Deepened by the Ordeal of War (1922) by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.Abraham LincolnQuoted by Charles A. Dana in his book Recollections of the Civil War (1898).
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