Abraham Lincoln (born 12 February 1809, near Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States – died 15 April 1865, Washington, D.C., United States) was a self-taught lawyer, legislator and vocal opponent of slavery. He served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country's greatest moral, constitutional, cultural, and political crisis. He is regarded as one of America's greatest heroes due to his role as savior of the Union and emancipator of enslaved people.
Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Whatever you are, be a good one. Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. 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. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. 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. The best way to predict your future is to create it. I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves. Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all. Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing. There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes. Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. You can fool all the people some time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. I will prepare and some day my chance will come. 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. Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg. Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent. 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. I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? 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. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent. 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. I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
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.
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 No man is poor who has a Godly mother. You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry. Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. The ballot is stronger than the bullet. The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. 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. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. 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. I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds. 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. If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
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.
Abraham Lincoln Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Every man's happiness is his own responsibility. I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
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.
Abraham Lincoln It's not me who can't keep a secret. It's the people I tell that can't. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. 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. Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. 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. All I have learned, I learned from books.