Abraham Lincoln Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Abraham Lincoln quotes and Abraham Lincoln sayings, and Abraham Lincoln proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

"I like to see a man* proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so his place will be proud of him."

"A government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth."

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

"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."

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

"I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

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

"Determine the thing that can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way."

"I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."

"Believing everyone is dangerous, but believing nobody is more dangerous."

"Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents"

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

"By the fruit the tree is to be known. An evil tree cannot bring forth good fruit."

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, …let us strive on to finish the work we are in, …to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

"Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. He who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or decisions possible or impossible to execute."

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."

"You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."

"Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts."

"When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run."

"I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."

"You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was."

"I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."

"Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed."

"Achievement has no color."

"What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself."

"Bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."

"If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will."

"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years."

"Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope."

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