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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: “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: “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: “Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”

Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.

— 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: “Killing the dog does not cure the bite.”

Killing the dog does not cure the bite.

— Abraham Lincoln


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

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

— 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 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: “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: “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 have more of a feeling of personal resentment than I have. Perhaps, I have too little of it, but I never thought it paid.”

You have more of a feeling of personal resentment than I have. Perhaps, I have too little of it, but I never thought it paid.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.”

Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.

— 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: “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



Abraham Lincoln Quote: “No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression.”

No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression.

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

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

— 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 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: “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: “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: “Don’t kneel to me, that is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will hereafter enjoy.”

Don’t kneel to me, that is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will hereafter enjoy.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Any society that takes away from those most capable and gives to the least will perish.”

Any society that takes away from those most capable and gives to the least will perish.

— 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 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: “Never let your correspondence fall behind.”

Never let your correspondence fall behind.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization.”

I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization.

— 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 am very glad indeed to see you to-night, and yet I will not say I thank you for this call, but I do most sincerely thank Almighty God for the occasion on which you have called.”

I am very glad indeed to see you to-night, and yet I will not say I thank you for this call, but I do most sincerely thank Almighty God for the occasion on which you have called.

— 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: “All the armies of Europe combined could not by force make a track upon the Blue Ridge, or take a drink from the Ohio. If we are to be destroyed, we must do it ourselves.”

All the armies of Europe combined could not by force make a track upon the Blue Ridge, or take a drink from the Ohio. If we are to be destroyed, we must do it ourselves.

— 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: “War, at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible.”

War, at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible.

— 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: “As long as the Almighty permitted intelligent men, created in his image and likeness, to fight in public and kill each other while the world looks on approvingly, it’s not for me to deprive the chickens of the same privilege.”

As long as the Almighty permitted intelligent men, created in his image and likeness, to fight in public and kill each other while the world looks on approvingly, it’s not for me to deprive the chickens of the same privilege.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.”

Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Our strife pertains to ourselves-to the passing generations of men-and it can without convulsion be hushed forever with the passing of one generation.”

Our strife pertains to ourselves-to the passing generations of men-and it can without convulsion be hushed forever with the passing of one generation.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln 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.”

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.

— 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: “Peace does not appear so distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time.”

Peace does not appear so distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time.

— Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Quote: “A day spent helping no one but yourself is a day wasted.”

A day spent helping no one but yourself is a day wasted.

— Abraham Lincoln

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