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Abraham Lincoln Quote: “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.”

No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.

— Abraham Lincoln



Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Military glory-that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood-that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy...”

Military glory-that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood-that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy...

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “IF you are going to fight, don’t let them talk you into negotiating. But, if you are going to negotiate, don’t let them talk you into fighting.”

IF you are going to fight, don’t let them talk you into negotiating. But, if you are going to negotiate, don’t let them talk you into fighting.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “If I had my way, this war would never have been commenced. If I had been allowed my way this war would have been ended before this.”

If I had my way, this war would never have been commenced. If I had been allowed my way this war would have been ended before this.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail.”

Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Legislation and adjudication must follow, and conform to, the progress of society.”

Legislation and adjudication must follow, and conform to, the progress of society.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Now what is Judge Douglas Popular Sovereignty? It is, as a principle, no other than that, if one man chooses to make a slave of another man, neither that other man nor anybody else has a right to object.”

Now what is Judge Douglas Popular Sovereignty? It is, as a principle, no other than that, if one man chooses to make a slave of another man, neither that other man nor anybody else has a right to object.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other.”

There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Now I confess myself as belonging to that class in the country who contemplate slavery as a moral, social and political evil...”

Now I confess myself as belonging to that class in the country who contemplate slavery as a moral, social and political evil...

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “If they do kill me, I shall never die another death.”

If they do kill me, I shall never die another death.

— Abraham Lincoln



Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong.”

Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”

A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “My Dear McClellan, if you don’t want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully.”

My Dear McClellan, if you don’t want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “All that harms labor is treason to America.”

All that harms labor is treason to America.

— Abraham Lincoln


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

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

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “We shall not fail – if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.”

We shall not fail – if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.”

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “In law it is good policy to never plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you can not.”

In law it is good policy to never plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you can not.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.”

My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good.”

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

— Abraham Lincoln



Abraham Lincoln Quote: “As a general rule never take your whole fee in advance, nor any more than a small retainer. When fully paid beforehand, you are more than a common mortal if you can feel the same interest in the case, as if something was still in prospect for you, as well as for your client.”

As a general rule never take your whole fee in advance, nor any more than a small retainer. When fully paid beforehand, you are more than a common mortal if you can feel the same interest in the case, as if something was still in prospect for you, as well as for your client.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “The power confided in me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts.”

The power confided in me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.”

What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “The occasion is piled high with difficulty. We must rise to the occasion.”

The occasion is piled high with difficulty. We must rise to the occasion.

— Abraham Lincoln


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

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

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Killing the dog does not cure the bite.”

Killing the dog does not cure the bite.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “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 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.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Friends, I agree with you in Providence; but I believe in the Providence of the most men, the largest purse, and the longest cannon.”

Friends, I agree with you in Providence; but I believe in the Providence of the most men, the largest purse, and the longest cannon.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “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 in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “During the Civil War, on hearing complaints that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant drank alcohol to excess Find out what Grant drinks and send a barrel of it to each of my other generals!”

During the Civil War, on hearing complaints that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant drank alcohol to excess Find out what Grant drinks and send a barrel of it to each of my other generals!

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of government, but it is the government’s greatest creative opportunity.”

The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of government, but it is the government’s greatest creative opportunity.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “I cannot imaging anyone looking at the sky and denying God.”

I cannot imaging anyone looking at the sky and denying God.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result.”

Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet.”

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

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “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 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.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “I hold that while a man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.”

I hold that while a man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish. I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible.”

The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish. I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.”

If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.

— Abraham Lincoln


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

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.”

I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “It is easiest to “be all things to all men,” but it is not honest. Self-respect must be sacrificed every hour in the day.”

It is easiest to “be all things to all men,” but it is not honest. Self-respect must be sacrificed every hour in the day.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “You know you’ve reached middle age when all you exercise is caution.”

You know you’ve reached middle age when all you exercise is caution.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “I know the hole he went in at, but I can’t tell you what hole he will come out of.”

I know the hole he went in at, but I can’t tell you what hole he will come out of.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “I am always for the man who wishes to work.”

I am always for the man who wishes to work.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “A long visit to a friend is often a great bore. Never make people twice glad.”

A long visit to a friend is often a great bore. Never make people twice glad.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Don’t be fooled. I kept all my workout clothes in that top hat.”

Don’t be fooled. I kept all my workout clothes in that top hat.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “I can’t spare this man, he fights!”

I can’t spare this man, he fights!

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Why don’t you laugh? If I did not laugh I should die, and you need this medicine as much as I do.”

Why don’t you laugh? If I did not laugh I should die, and you need this medicine as much as I do.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.”

Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “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. And yet I have never understood that the Presidency conferred upon me an unrestricted right to act officially upon this judgment and feeling.”

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. And yet I have never understood that the Presidency conferred upon me an unrestricted right to act officially upon this judgment and feeling.

— Abraham Lincoln

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