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Abraham Lincoln
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You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough. Abraham Lincoln
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I appeal to all loyal citizens to favor, facilitate and aid this effort to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the existence of our National Union, and the perpetuity of popular government; and to redress wrongs already long enough endured. Abraham Lincoln
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Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights. Abraham Lincoln
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In law it is a good policy never to plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you cannot. Abraham Lincoln
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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy. Abraham Lincoln
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You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln
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I do the very best I know how-the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference. Abraham Lincoln
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It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. Abraham Lincoln
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I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying; and for this reason; I can never be satisfied with any one who would be blockhead enough to have me. Abraham Lincoln
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If, by the mere force of numbers, a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution-certainly would, if such right were a vital one. Abraham Lincoln
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Physically speaking, we cannot separate. We cannot remove our respective sections from each other, nor build an impassable wall between them. A husband and wife may be divorced, and go out of the presence, and beyond the reach of each other; but the different parts of our country cannot do this. They cannot but remain face to face; and intercourse, either amicable or hostile, must continue between them. Abraham Lincoln
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I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and part of States, are, and henceforward shall be free;... And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God. Abraham Lincoln
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Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be. Abraham Lincoln
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That [man] can compress the most words in the fewest ideas of any man I ever knew. Abraham Lincoln
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Offering thanks in the midst of tragedy is an American tradition, . even during a bloody Civil War. Abraham Lincoln
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I always [or "often"] walk slowly, but I never walk backwards. Abraham Lincoln
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We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while. Abraham Lincoln
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I will learn, the opportunity will come. Abraham Lincoln
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If you have never failed you have never lived. Abraham Lincoln
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The legalized liquor business is the tragedy of our civilization. Alcohol is the greatest and most blighting curse of our modern civilization. The liquor seller is simply and only a privileged malefactor - a criminal. Abraham Lincoln
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To lead, you must touch men's hearts. Abraham Lincoln
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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? Abraham Lincoln
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The blessing always comes back to the door of the author. Abraham Lincoln
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Towering genius...thirsts and burns for distinction; and, if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves or enslaving freeman. Abraham Lincoln
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Do I not damage my enemies after i make them my close friends? Abraham Lincoln
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Your rights end where my nose begins. Abraham Lincoln
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Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be. Abraham Lincoln
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If a house was on fire there could be but two parties. One in favor of putting out the fire. Another in favor of the house burning. Abraham Lincoln
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A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln
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If you don't want to use the army, I should like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully, A. Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln
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Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. Abraham Lincoln
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Important principles may and must be flexible. Abraham Lincoln
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If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference. Abraham Lincoln
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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, honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle. Abraham Lincoln
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It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, 'And this, too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! Abraham Lincoln
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A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Abraham Lincoln
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Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. Abraham Lincoln
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Let us renew our trust in god, and go forward without fear. Abraham Lincoln
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A long visit to a friend is often a great bore. Never make people twice glad. Abraham Lincoln
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What I want is to get done what the people desire to have done, and the question for me is how to find that out exactly. Abraham Lincoln
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Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet. Abraham Lincoln
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We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart. Abraham Lincoln
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I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom. Abraham Lincoln
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Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good. Abraham Lincoln
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I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace. Abraham Lincoln
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The land, the earth God gave to man for his home ... should never be the possession of any man, corporation, (or) society ... any more than the air or water. Abraham Lincoln
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I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. Abraham Lincoln
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Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance. Abraham Lincoln
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I walk slowly, but never backwards. Abraham Lincoln
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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
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You know I dislike slavery; and you fully admit the abstract wrong of it. Abraham Lincoln
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When Judge Douglas says that whoever, or whatever community, wants slaves, they have a right to have them, he is perfectly logical if there is nothing wrong in the institution; but if you admit that it is wrong, he cannot logically say that anybody has a right to do wrong. Abraham Lincoln
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An inspection of the Constitution will show that the right of property in a slave in not "distinctly and expressly affirmed" in it. Abraham Lincoln
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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. Abraham Lincoln
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Military glory-that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood-that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy... Abraham Lincoln
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If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time. Abraham Lincoln
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The good old maxims of the Bible are applicable, and truly applicable to human affairs, and in this as in other things, we may say here that he who is not for us is against us; he would gathereth not with us scattereth. Abraham Lincoln
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Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and remain with you and be every where for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell. Abraham Lincoln
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I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me. Now, at the end of three years struggle the nation's condition is not what either party, or any man devised, or expected. God alone can claim it. Whither it is tending seems plain. If God now wills the removal of a great wrong, and wills also that we of the North as well as you of the South, shall pay fairly for our complicity in that wrong, impartial history will find therein new cause to attest and revere the justice and goodness of God. Abraham Lincoln
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The evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, and the surrender of the principal insurgent army, give hope of a righteous and speedy peace whose joyous expression can not be restrained. In the midst of this, however, He, from Whom all blessings flow, must not be forgotten. A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared, and will be duly promulgated. Abraham Lincoln
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The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it. Abraham Lincoln
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It is the eternal struggle between these two principles - right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, "You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it." Abraham Lincoln
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Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office. Abraham Lincoln
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You can not fail in any laudable object, unless you allow your mind to be improperly directed. Abraham Lincoln
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I think slavery is wrong, morally, and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union. Abraham Lincoln
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Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue. Abraham Lincoln
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I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else. Abraham Lincoln
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The working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the most numerous... Abraham Lincoln
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If i get 8 hours to cut a tree i'll spend 7 hours to sharp my knife. Abraham Lincoln
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If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend. Abraham Lincoln
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