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Abraham Lincoln Quotes About Freedom, Life, Hope, Leadership and Future

“ 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 would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody. ”- 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 can’t fool all of the people all of the time. -Speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

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

“ 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

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

“ The written word may be man’s greatest invention. It allows us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ You can’t help the poor by being one of them. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Should my administration prove to be a very wicked one…or a very foolish one, if you, the people, are true to yourselves and the Constitution, there is little harm I can do, thank God. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Teach economy. That is one of the first and highest virtues. It begins with saving money. ”- 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

“ No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality… Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ If we exchange one dollar, we both have one dollar each. But if we exchange one good thought, we both have two good thoughts ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Always remember: Life is for enjoying. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ 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. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is not the Constitution as I would like to have it, but as it is, that is to be defended. The Constitution will not be preserved & defended until it is enforced & obeyed in every part of every one of the United States. It must be so respected, obeyed, enforced and defended, and let the grass grow where it may. ”- 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 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

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

“ The trouble with too many people is they believe the realm of truth always lies within their vision. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! ”- 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

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

“ When I left Springfield [to become President] I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ You cannot fail unless you quit. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word many mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name – liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ 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

“ Any society that takes away from those most capable and gives to the least will perish. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Nothing is stronger than gentleness. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried? ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ Don’t judge a man by the size of his ego or his heart, but on the epicness of his beard and the beautiful woman on his arm ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I do not boast that God is on my side, I humbly pray that I am on God’s side. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

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

“ Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ Let the people know the truth and the country is safe. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I had been told I was on the road to hell, but I had no idea it was just a mile down the road with a dome on it. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ When arguing with a fool, make sure the opponent isn’t doing the exact same thing. ”- 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

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

“ Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ We can not have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ If I am killed, I can die by once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Most people are as happy as they want to be. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

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

“ You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. ”- 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 am not in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ 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

“ 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

“ 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

“ 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

“ In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ We cannot but believe that He who made the world still governs it. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ The ballot is stronger than the bullet. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I would rather be assassinated than see a single star removed from the American flag. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I am an optimist because I don’t see the point in being anything else. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ It is the eternal struggle between these two principles – right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, “You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.” ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ May the Almighty grant that the cause of truth, justice, and humanity, shall in no wise suffer at my hands. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Teach hope to all, despair to none. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ 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

“ I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I can hardly believe that the South and North can live in peace, unless we can get rid of the negroes … I believe that it would be better to export them all to some fertile country with a good climate, which they could have to themselves. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ When you make it to the top, turn and reach down for the person behind you. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

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

“ We seek not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow those who would prevert it. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Honor is better than honors. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ 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. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ You cannot have the right to do what is wrong! ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ The best time to stop a fight is before it starts. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God’s word because it finds me where I am. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. 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 save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. ”- 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

“ Behind the cloud the sun is still shining. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ You can always lie to others and hide your actions from them… but you can not fool yourself ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ If the American people could learn what I know of the fierce hatred of the priests of Rome against our institutions, our schools, our most sacred rights, and our so dearly bought liberties, they would drive them out as traitors. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ No man ever got lost on a straight road. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry ”- 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

“ 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

“ Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it. ”- 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

“ Achievement has no color ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I walk slowly, but never backwards. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards of men. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ 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. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I think that God means that we shall do more than we have yet done in furtherance of his plans and he will open the way for our doing it. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ What are you gonna do for a face when the baboon wants his ass back? ”- 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

“ Whatever уоu are, bе а good one. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Tell the truth and you won’t have so much to remember ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred ans sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence forward, and forever free. ”- 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 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

“ I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else. ”- 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

“ 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

“ 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

“ 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

“ Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I see a very dark cloud on America’s horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ There is no greater injustice than to wring your profits from the sweat of another man’s brow. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ I will do what I think is right and when I discover that it is wrong, I will change it. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Nations do not die from invasion; they die from internal rottenness. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ 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. ”- Abraham Lincoln

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

“ If you have never failed you have never lived. ”- 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

“ If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work. ”- Abraham Lincoln

“ Prosperity is the fruit of labor. It begins with saving money. ”- Abraham Lincoln