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Abraham Lincoln Quotes

16th President of the United States (b. 1809), Birth: 12-2-1809, Death: 15-4-1865 Abraham Lincoln Quotes
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

We the people are the rightful proprietors of both Congress and the courts, not to upend the Constitution but to depose those who manipulate the Constitution.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

'If we succumb to our weaknesses and sacrifice our liberties, it will be because we were the architects of our own downfall.'
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

Assess a man's mettle by granting him authority.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln

It is wiser to stay quiet and risk being deemed a fool than to utter words and leave no uncertainty.
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 and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
Abraham Lincoln

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

'The greatest blessing of the future is that it unfolds gradually.'
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

My top priority is not to ascertain whether the Lord is supporting us; my main worry is to be on the Lord's side, for He is infallible.
The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.
Abraham Lincoln

'The most certain means of determining what lies ahead is to bring it into being.'
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In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

At the conclusion, it's not the passage of time that matters. It's how you spend it.
You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right.
Abraham Lincoln

You must recall that even though certain actions may be permissible by law, they may not always be ethically sound.
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

Elections are the prerogative of the public. If they choose to ignore potential pitfalls and suffer the consequences, then they must bear the brunt of their reckless decisions.
It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.
Abraham Lincoln

It is a transgression to remain mute when it is your obligation to object.
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.
Abraham Lincoln

If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.
Abraham Lincoln

If you have faith, you may be disheartened at times, but if you doubt, you will remain perpetually unhappy.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln

Those who withhold liberty from others are not entitled to it themselves.
You cannot fail unless you quit.
Abraham Lincoln

You cannot be unsuccessful unless you give up.
You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry
Abraham Lincoln

You can measure the stature of a person by what incites their ire.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
Abraham Lincoln

We can lament because roses have prickles, or be grateful since thorns bear blossoms.
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
Abraham Lincoln

Transform an opponent into an ally.
You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

You can satisfy a few people occasionally, everyone intermittently, some continually, but you can never content every person perpetually.
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
Abraham Lincoln

Dedication is what transforms a pledge into reality.
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

Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bastards may some day challenge the supremacy of the white man.
Abraham Lincoln

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
Abraham Lincoln

Do not meddle with any aspect of the Constitution. This must be preserved, for it is the only assurance of our freedom.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

Most folks are as content as they decide to be.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln

You cannot foster strength and bravery by suppressing people's motivation and autonomy. You cannot assist others in the long run by performing what they are capable of doing for themselves.
To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards of men.
Abraham Lincoln

Remain mute when their voice ought to be raised renders men craven.
I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.
Abraham Lincoln

I would rather be an insignificant nobody than a nefarious somebody.
I will say, then, that 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: that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people.
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

Nothing is stronger than gentleness.
Abraham Lincoln

Gentle force is mightier than any other.
A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.
Abraham Lincoln

A leader is he who considers the future of humanity, and a politician is he who focuses on immediate gains.
Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought
Abraham Lincoln

Liberty is not the authorization to do what we desire, but what we should.
Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.
Abraham Lincoln

'Accompany a leader when they are on the right path, stand by them when they remain just, but exit their side if they err.'
Nations do not die from invasion; they die from internal rottenness.
Abraham Lincoln

Nations do not perish from external forces; they succumb to inner corruption.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Abraham Lincoln

It is futile to shirk today's obligations in order to evade those of tomorrow.
A day spent helping no one but yourself is a day wasted.
Abraham Lincoln

A day spent solely for self-gain is a day misused.
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

You can attain anything you desire if you ardently yearn for it. You can be all that you aspire to be, achieve whatever mission you have set out to do if you stay focused and determined.
Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
Abraham Lincoln

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

'Those who linger may receive blessings, but only that which is left by those who strive.'
Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.
Abraham Lincoln

Self-restraint is selecting between what you desire presently, and what you crave most.
You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough.
Abraham Lincoln

You can obtain anything you desire, if you have an ardent longing for it.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

Devote the first four hours to preparing and honing the tools, then use the remaining time to fell the tree.
Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.
Abraham Lincoln

Though the sky may be gray, hope still abounds.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Abraham Lincoln

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

If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do that. I have here stated my purpose according to my official duty, and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men, everywhere, could be free.
Abraham Lincoln

Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.
Abraham Lincoln

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.
Abraham Lincoln

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