Abraham Lincoln Quotes


You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
The true rule in determining to embrace or reject anything is not whether it have any evil in it, but whether it have more of evil than of good. There are few things wholly evil or wholly good.
I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.
Star When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
We trust, sir, that God is on our side. It is more important to know that we are on God's side.
Common-looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the lord makes so many of them.
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!
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
A woman is the only thing that I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
Familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.
What is conservativism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?
I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Things do come to those who wait, but only things left over from those that hustle.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
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.
When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.
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.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend 6 sharpening my ax.
A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall
Seriously, I do not think I fit for the presidency.
The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society.
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy; but, my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
I confess myself as belonging to that class in the country who contemplate slavery as a moral, social and political evil, having due regard for its actual existence amongst us and the difficulties of getting rid of it in any satisfactory way, and to all the constitutional obligations which have been thrown about it; but, nevertheless, desire a policy that looks to the prevention of it as a wrong, and looks hopefully to the time when as a wrong it may come to an end.

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