November 30, 2016

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

“A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gal. So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.”

“A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”

“A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.”

“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.”

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

“All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.”

“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”

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

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”

“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.”

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

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”

“As our case is new, we must think and act anew.”

“Avoid popularity if you would have peace.”

“Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.”

“Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward.”

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

“Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.”

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”

“Broken by it, I, too, may be; bow to it I never will. The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.”

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

“Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”

“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

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

“Did Stanton say I was a damned fool? Then I dare say I must be one, for Stanton is generally right and he always says what he means.”

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”

“Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence.”

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.”

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

“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”

“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”

“Every man over forty is responsible for his face.”

“Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.”

“Every person is responsible for his own looks after 40.”

“Everybody likes a compliment.”

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

“Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

“Gold is good in its place but living, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.”

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”

“He who molds the public sentiment… makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.”

“Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.”

“Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.”

“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.”

“Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents… pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.”

“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.”

“I am a patient man — always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance; and also to give ample time for repentance. Still I must save this government if possible.”

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

“I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel.”

“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 the best life that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right and part from him when he goes wrong.”

“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 by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”

“I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.”

“I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.”

“I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice.”

“I can make more generals, but horses cost money.”

“I can see how a man can look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”

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

“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

“I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.”

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

“I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”

“I do the very best I know how-the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

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

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”

“I go for all sharing the privileges of the government who assist in bearing its burdens. Consequently I go for admitting all whites to the right of suffrage who pay taxes or bear arms, by no means excluding females.”

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

“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. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

“I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.”

“I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason; I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.”

“I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country’s cause.”

“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.”

“I know there is a God, and that He hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that His hand is in it. If he has a place and work for me and I think He has I believe I am ready.”

“I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.”

“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.”

“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

“I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good.”

“I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game. Kentucky gone, we can not hold Missouri, nor, as I think, Maryland.”

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”

“I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”

“I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.”

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

“I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.”

“If a house was on fire there could be but two parties. One in favor of putting out the fire. Another in favor of the house burning.”

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.”

“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how — the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

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

“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.”

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.”

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”

“If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don’t make it a leg.”

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

“Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.”

“In all that people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.”

“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.”

“In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.”

“In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God can not be for and against the same thing at the same time.”

“In law it is a good policy never to plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you cannot.”

“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book.”

“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.”

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”

“It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws; but to break up both, and make new ones.”

“It is no fault in others that the Methodist Church sends more soldiers to the field, more nurses to the hospital, and more prayers to Heaven than any. God bless the Methodist Church — bless all the churches — and blessed be to God, who, in this our great trial, giveth us the churches.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Knavery and flattery are blood relations.”

“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.”

“Let the people know the truth and the country will be safe.”

“Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

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

“May our children and our children’s children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers.”

“Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them.”

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”

“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

“My friends I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being, who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.”

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

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

“Negro equality! Fudge!! How long, in the government of a God, great enough to make and maintain this Universe, shall there continue to be knaves to vend, and fools to gulp, so low a piece of demagougeism as this?”

“Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.”

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

“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.”

“No man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent. I say this is the leading principle—the sheet anchor of American republicanism.”

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”

“Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.”

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.”

“Public opinion in this country is everything.”

“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”

“Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.”

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side, My great concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

“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.”

“Slavery is founded on the selfishness of man’s nature – opposition to it on his love of justice.”

“Some day I shall be President.”

“Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.”

“Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong.”

“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”

“Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”

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

“The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.”

“The Autocrat of all the Russias will resign his crown, and proclaim his subjects free republicans sooner than will our American masters voluntarily give up their slaves.”

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”

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

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

“The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.”

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”

“The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.”

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

“The man who stands by and says nothing, when the peril of his government is discussed, can not be misunderstood. If not hindered, he is sure to help the enemy.”

“The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.”

“The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.”

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

“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.”

“The severest justice may not always be the best policy.”

“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.”

“The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act, as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one.”

“The struggle of today, is not altogether for today — it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us.”

“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.”

“The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.”

“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.”

“The way for a young man to rise, is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that any body wishes to hinder him.”

“There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded.”

“There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.”

“There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration.”

“There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, “Truth is the daughter of Time.”

“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people’s money to settle the quarrel.”

“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”

“These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.”

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

“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.”

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

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”

“To correct the evils, great and small, which spring from want of sympathy and from positive enmity among strangers, as nations or as individuals, is one of the highest functions of civilization.”

“To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.”

“To keep silent when we should protest, makes cowards of men.”

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

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

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.”

“Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.”

“Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.”

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.”

“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, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

“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, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

“We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous.”

“We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.”

“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”

“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.”

“Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”

“What is conservatism? It is not adherence to the old and tried, but against the new and untried?”

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

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

“When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

“When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.”

“When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government — that is despotism.”

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

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

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

“Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be.”

“Wherever slavery is, it has been first introduced without law. The oldest laws we find concerning it, are not laws introducing it; but regulating it, as an already existing thing.”

“Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest.”

“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.”

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.”

“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.”

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”

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

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

“You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.”