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Quote: A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.


Quote: My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.


Quote: Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.


Quote: Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.


Quote: If you intend to go to work there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work, you cannot get along anywhere. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

If you intend to go to work there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work, you cannot get along anywhere.


Quote: As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now? by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?




Quote: Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.


Quote: I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.


Quote: Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature can not be changed. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.




Quote: Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.


Quote: The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.




Quote: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object.


Quote: If not re-elected in 1864 then it will be my duty to so co-operate with the President elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he can not possibly save it afterwards. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

If not re-elected in 1864 then it will be my duty to so co-operate with the President elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he can not possibly save it afterwards.


Quote: To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government.


Quote: And I am glad to know that there is a system of labor -- where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

And I am glad to know that there is a system of labor -- where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.


Quote: I am glad to see that a system of labor prevails under which laborers can strike when they want to. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I am glad to see that a system of labor prevails under which laborers can strike when they want to.


Quote: I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.


Quote: The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done.


Quote: All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself ... are the infinitely various leads from which, man, from the first, was to dig out his destiny. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself ... are the infinitely various leads from which, man, from the first, was to dig out his destiny.


Quote: Care for him who shall have borne the battle. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Care for him who shall have borne the battle.


Quote: The US patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The US patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things.


Quote: You cannot have the right to do what is wrong! by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

You cannot have the right to do what is wrong!


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of sunset
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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.


Quote: Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest.


Quote: It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.




Quote: As a general rule, I abstain from reading reports of attacks upon myself, wishing not to be provoked by that to which I cannot properly offer an answer. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

As a general rule, I abstain from reading reports of attacks upon myself, wishing not to be provoked by that to which I cannot properly offer an answer.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms.


Quote: Towering genius disdains a beaten path ... It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts for distinction. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Towering genius disdains a beaten path ... It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts for distinction.


Quote: That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.


Quote: Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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




Quote: It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power.


Quote: With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semicolin; it's a useful little chap. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semicolin; it's a useful little chap.


Quote: When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote: When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying.- black text on quotes background

When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying.


Quote: A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.


Quote: Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.




Quote: The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.


Quote: Ere long the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community where every member possesses the art can ever be the victim of oppression in any of its forms. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Ere long the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community where every member possesses the art can ever be the victim of oppression in any of its forms.


Quote: Ready are we all to cry out and ascribe motives when our toes are pinched. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Ready are we all to cry out and ascribe motives when our toes are pinched.


Quote: Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind.


Quote: What has ever threatened our liberty and prosperity save and except this institution of Slavery? by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

What has ever threatened our liberty and prosperity save and except this institution of Slavery?


Quote: I am in favor of a national bank...in favor of the internal improvements system and a high protective tariff. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I am in favor of a national bank...in favor of the internal improvements system and a high protective tariff.


Quote: It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination.


Quote: I say now, however, as I have all the while said, that on the territorial question -- that is, the question of extending slavery under the national auspices, -- I am inflexible. I am for no compromise which assists or permits the extension of the institution on soil owned by the nation. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote: I say now, however, as I have all the while said, that on the territorial question -- that is, the question of extending slavery under the national auspices, -- I am inflexible. I am for no compromise which assists or permits the extension of the institution on soil owned by the nation.- black text on quotes background

I say now, however, as I have all the while said, that on the territorial question -- that is, the question of extending slavery under the national auspices, -- I am inflexible. I am for no compromise which assists or permits the extension of the institution on soil owned by the nation.


Quote: If we know where we are and something about how we got there, we might see where we are trending -- and if the outcomes which lie naturally in our course are unacceptable, to make timely change. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

If we know where we are and something about how we got there, we might see where we are trending -- and if the outcomes which lie naturally in our course are unacceptable, to make timely change.




Quote: Persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should be adopted to influence the conduct of men. The opposite course would be a reversal of human nature, which is God's decree and can never be reversed. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should be adopted to influence the conduct of men. The opposite course would be a reversal of human nature, which is God's decree and can never be reversed.


Quote: When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.'


Quote: It has been said that one bad general is better than two good ones, and the saying is true if taken to mean no more than that an army is better directed by a single mind, though inferior, than by two superior ones at variance and cross-purposes with each other. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It has been said that one bad general is better than two good ones, and the saying is true if taken to mean no more than that an army is better directed by a single mind, though inferior, than by two superior ones at variance and cross-purposes with each other.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It has been said that one bad general is better than two good ones, and the saying is true if taken to mean no more than that an army is better directed by a single mind, though inferior, than by two superior ones at variance and cross-purposes with each other. And the same is true in all joint operations wherein those engaged can have none but a common end in view and can differ only as to the choice of means. In a storm at sea no one on board can wish the ship to sink, and yet not unfrequently all go down together because too many will direct and no single mind can be allowed to control.


Quote: I therefore consider that in view of the Constitution and the laws, the Union is unbroken; and to the extent of my ability I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in all the States. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I therefore consider that in view of the Constitution and the laws, the Union is unbroken; and to the extent of my ability I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in all the States.


Quote: No State, upon it own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union. Resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally nothing. I therefore consider that the Union is unbroken. There needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless forced upon the national authority. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote: No State, upon it own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union. Resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally nothing. I therefore consider that the Union is unbroken. There needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless forced upon the national authority.- black text on quotes background

No State, upon it own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union. Resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally nothing. I therefore consider that the Union is unbroken. There needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless forced upon the national authority.


Quote: The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.


Quote: The working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the most numerous. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the most numerous.


Quote: If you want your name to be remembered after your death either do something worth writing or write some thing worth reading. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

If you want your name to be remembered after your death either do something worth writing or write some thing worth reading.


Quote: Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed.


Quote: All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of sunflower
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All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.


Quote: You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.


Quote: Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: If we never try, we shall never succeed. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of close up photography of moon
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If we never try, we shall never succeed.


Quote: I do not wish you to believe that I assume to be any better than others who have gone before me. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of black bird flying on white background
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I do not wish you to believe that I assume to be any better than others who have gone before me.


Quote: I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.


Quote: Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: A man watches his pear-tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

A man watches his pear-tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.


Quote: The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.


Quote: 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. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: The better angels of our nature. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The better angels of our nature.


Quote: Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.


Quote: You are green, it is true; but they are green also. You are all green alike. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

You are green, it is true; but they are green also. You are all green alike.


Quote: We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world, by thus fostering Human Slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of Human Freedom. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world, by thus fostering Human Slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of Human Freedom.


Quote: If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.


Quote: Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good.


Quote: Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.


Quote: Life is hard but so very beautiful. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Life is hard but so very beautiful.


Quote: 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 can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least a moderate education...appears to be an object of vital importance. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote: 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 can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least a moderate education...appears to be an object of vital importance.- black text on quotes background

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 can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least a moderate education...appears to be an object of vital importance.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.




Quote: My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.


Quote: It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.


Quote: That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


Quote: When arguing with a fool, make sure the opponent isn't doing the exact same thing. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

When arguing with a fool, make sure the opponent isn't doing the exact same thing.


Quote: I hear you have abolitionists here. We have a few in Illinois, but we shot one the other day. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I hear you have abolitionists here. We have a few in Illinois, but we shot one the other day.


Quote: This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed. They always have been, they always will be beaten. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed. They always have been, they always will be beaten.


Quote: I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived.


Quote: In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.


Quote: We cannot escape history. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

We cannot escape history.


Quote: Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.


Quote: Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote: Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.- black text on quotes background

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.


Quote: That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.




Quote: Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.


Quote: When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.


Quote: We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.


Quote: We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.


Quote: Behind the cloud the sun is still shining. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.


Quote: Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.


Quote: A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet.




Quote: Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.


Quote: Character is like a tree, and reputation is like its shadow. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Character is like a tree, and reputation is like its shadow.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: And 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

And 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.


Quote: It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.


Quote: Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.


Quote: Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.


Quote: If you want to test a man's character, give him power. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

If you want to test a man's character, give him power.


Quote: Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.


Quote: No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: All I have learned, I learned from books. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

All I have learned, I learned from books.


Quote: The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.


Quote: In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible, except with the passing of time. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible, except with the passing of time.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung.


Quote: Elections belong to the people. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Elections belong to the people.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.


Quote: The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.


Quote: You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold that desire with singleness of purpose. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold that desire with singleness of purpose.


Quote: Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.


Quote: Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.


Quote: To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent.


Quote: The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of black and white window illustration
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The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.


Quote: My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.


Quote: On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.


Quote: I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.


Quote: Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws, but to break up both and make new ones. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.


Quote: Illinois surpasses every other spot of equal extent upon the face of the globe in fertility of soil and in the proportionable amount of the same which is sufficiently level for actual cultivation. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Illinois surpasses every other spot of equal extent upon the face of the globe in fertility of soil and in the proportionable amount of the same which is sufficiently level for actual cultivation.


Quote: My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families -- second families, perhaps I should say. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families -- second families, perhaps I should say.


Quote: It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life.


Quote: I perhaps ought to say that individually I never was much interested in the Texas question. I never could see much good to come of annexation, inasmuch as they were already a free republican people on our own model. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I perhaps ought to say that individually I never was much interested in the Texas question. I never could see much good to come of annexation, inasmuch as they were already a free republican people on our own model.


Quote: No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.




Quote: By what principle of original right is it that one-fiftieth or one-ninetieth of a great nation, by calling themselves a State, have the right to break up and ruin that nation as a matter of original principle? by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

By what principle of original right is it that one-fiftieth or one-ninetieth of a great nation, by calling themselves a State, have the right to break up and ruin that nation as a matter of original principle?


Quote: In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free -- honorable alike in that we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.


Quote: The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.


Quote: What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: If there should prove to be one real, living Free State Democrat in Kansas, I suggest that it might be well to catch him and stuff and preserve his skin as an interesting specimen of that soon-to-be-extinct variety of the genus Democrat. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

If there should prove to be one real, living Free State Democrat in Kansas, I suggest that it might be well to catch him and stuff and preserve his skin as an interesting specimen of that soon-to-be-extinct variety of the genus Democrat.


Quote: I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise.


Quote: We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.


Quote: Let the people on both sides keep their self-possession, and just as other clouds have cleared away in due time, so will this, and this great nation shall continue to prosper as before. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Let the people on both sides keep their self-possession, and just as other clouds have cleared away in due time, so will this, and this great nation shall continue to prosper as before.


Quote: I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I can say this: that among my earliest recollections, I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I can say this: that among my earliest recollections, I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand.


Quote: There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.' by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: I pass my life in preventing the storm from blowing down the tent, and I drive in the pegs as fast as they are pulled up. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I pass my life in preventing the storm from blowing down the tent, and I drive in the pegs as fast as they are pulled up.


Quote: Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Never stir up litigation, a worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this, who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket?


Quote: To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: Avoid popularity if you would have peace. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.


Quote: It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles -- the oppression of tyranny -- to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote: It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles -- the oppression of tyranny -- to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them.- black text on quotes background

It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles -- the oppression of tyranny -- to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them.


Quote: A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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




Quote: Knavery and flattery are blood relations. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.


Quote: It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence.


Quote: The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them when they are invaded. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them when they are invaded.


Quote: I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: He who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

He who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.


Quote: There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.


Quote: I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, you begin making exceptions to it, where will you stop? If one man says it does not mean a Negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man? by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of Abraham Lincoln quote; white text on black background

I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, you begin making exceptions to it, where will you stop? If one man says it does not mean a Negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man?


Quote: It would astonish if not amuse the older citizens to learn that I (a strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy, working at ten dollars per month) have been put down as the candidate of pride, wealth, and aristocratic family distinction. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

It would astonish if not amuse the older citizens to learn that I (a strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy, working at ten dollars per month) have been put down as the candidate of pride, wealth, and aristocratic family distinction.


Quote: I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.


Quote: Never regret what you don't write. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Never regret what you don't write.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography
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The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


Quote: Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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


Quote: Oh, yes; you Virginians shed barrels of perspiration while standing off at a distance and superintending the work your slaves do for you. It is different with us. Here it is every fellow for himself, or he doesn't get there. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Oh, yes; you Virginians shed barrels of perspiration while standing off at a distance and superintending the work your slaves do for you. It is different with us. Here it is every fellow for himself, or he doesn't get there.


Quote: 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. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

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.


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