150+ Inspiring Quotes By Abraham Lincoln That Will Make Your Day

150+ Inspiring Quotes By Abraham Lincoln That Will Make Your Day ABRAHAM LINCOLN Quotes Curated by Factober.com

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September 19, 2020

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Abraham Lincoln, a self-taught lawyer, legislator, and vocal opponent of slavery was elected 16th president of the United States. He is known for leading the nation during the Civil War, enacting the Emancipation Proclamation. The post is published under these hashtags: #Top100+, #InspiringQuotes, #AbrahamLincoln, #AbrahamLincolnQuotes, #Quotes, #InspirationalQuotes, #MotivationalQuotes, #Inspiring, #Motivation, #Motivating, #Inspiration

  1. You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm.
  2. Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy.
  3. If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already.
  4. You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.
  5. It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
  6. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
  7. 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 the Know-Nothings get control, it will read, ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ 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.
  8. Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.
  9. Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
  10. We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
  11. I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
  12. 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.
  13. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.
  14. Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
  15. I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.
  16. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. God cannot be for, and against the same thing at the same time.
  17. 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.
  18. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
  19. Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
  20. Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
  21. The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
  22. I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
  23. Through their deeds, the dead of battle have spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could. But we can only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they gave a last full measure of devotion.
  24. The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
  25. The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
  26. 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.
  27. Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction … 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.
  28. That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
  29. 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.
  30. Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
  31. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
  32. The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
  33. My father taught me to work, but not 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.
  34. I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
  35. In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.
  36. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.
  37. I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
  38. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
  39. I am nothing, truth is everything.
  40. 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.
  41. This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can excersize their Constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.
  42. To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.
  43. It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity.
  44. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
  45. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe
  46. Gentlemen, why do you not laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me day and night, if I did not laugh, I should die.
  47. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
  48. That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
  49. The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
  50. With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semicolin; it’s a useful little chap.
  51. 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 the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ 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.
  52. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
  53. I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
  54. You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak.
  55. Never do anything for anyone who can just as well do it themself.
  56. It’s not me who can’t keep a secret. It’s the people I tell that can’t.
  57. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
  58. I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
  59. If frienship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.
  60. I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won’t matter. If I’m wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won’t make a difference.
  61. The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.
  65. Force is all conquering, but it’s victories are short lived.
  66. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.
  67. If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
  68. 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.
  69. Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
  70. People who have no vices, have very few virtues.
  71. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once.
  75. Whatever you are, be a good one.
  76. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
  77. If you think you can you can, if you think you can’t you’re right!
  78. The best way to predict your future is to create it.
  79. 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 can’t fool all of the people all of the time. – Speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854.
  80. Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.
  81. Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung.
  82. The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.
  83. I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
  84. 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.
  85. Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
  86. Achievement has no color.
  87. The written word may be man’s greatest invention. It allows us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn.
  88. A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
  89. Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.
  90. I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
  91. A tendancy to melancholy… let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.
  92. It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
  93. I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.
  94. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
  95. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence built.
  96. I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
  97. There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
  98. Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
  99. Fourscore 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.
  100. 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.
  101. 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.
  102. All I have learned, I learned from books.
  103. I belive that people should fight for what they believe and only what they believe.
  104. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
  105. Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.
  106. Life is hard but so very beautiful.
  107. Love is the chain whereby to lock a child to its parent.
  108. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
  109. I am very little inclined on any occasion to say anything unless I hope to produce some good by it.
  110. Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
  111. Nothing will divert me from my purpose.
  112. If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work.
  113. 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.
  114. You cannot have the right to do what is wrong!
  115. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
  116. Stand with anyone that is right; stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
  117. It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.
  118. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
  119. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
  120. No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
  121. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God cannot retain it.
  122. From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia… could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.
  123. Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
  124. The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.
  125. 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.
  126. 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!
  127. You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.
  128. I know there is a God, and that He hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that his hand is in it. If He has a place and work for me – and I think He has – I believe I am ready.
  129. Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.
  130. 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.
  131. My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
  132. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
  133. I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
  134. Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me.
  135. Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
  136. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
  137. Don’t worry when you are not recognized but strive to be worthy of recognition.
  138. Take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man.
  139. If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
  140. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
  141. 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.
  142. Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
  143. Anybody will do for you, but not for me. I must have somebody.
  144. Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.
  145. No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
  146. I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.
  147. Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.
  148. A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
  149. 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.
  150. Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then… find the way.
  151. 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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