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Abraham Lincoln
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In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the president] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people, as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various localities of the nation? If so, where is the propriety of having a congress? Abraham Lincoln
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I could write shorter sermons but when I get started I'm too lazy to stop Abraham Lincoln
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Laws change; people die; the land remains. Abraham Lincoln
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Extemporaneous speaking should be practised and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public.... Abraham Lincoln
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Anybody will do for you, but not for me. Abraham Lincoln
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Military necessity does not admit of cruelty - that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, . . . nor of torture to extort confessions. Abraham Lincoln
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The leading rule for a man of every calling is diligence; never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Abraham Lincoln
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Too many piglets not enough tits. Abraham Lincoln
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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. Abraham Lincoln
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Ready are we all to cry out and ascribe motives when our toes are pinched. Abraham Lincoln
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Of our political revolution of '76, we all are justly proud. It has given us a degree of political freedom, far exceeding that of any other nation of the earth. In it the world has found a solution of the long mooted problem, as to the capability of man to govern himself. In it was the germ which has vegetated, and still is to grow and expand into the universal liberty of mankind. Abraham Lincoln
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All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. Abraham Lincoln
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Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. Abraham Lincoln
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Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice. Abraham Lincoln
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Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship. Abraham Lincoln
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I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won't matter. If I'm wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won't make a difference. Abraham Lincoln
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The health you enjoy is largely your choice Abraham Lincoln
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Great men are ordinary men with extra ordinary determination. Abraham Lincoln
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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. Abraham Lincoln
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Without the assistance of that Divine Being...I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Abraham Lincoln
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The Autocrat of all the Russias will resign his crown, and proclaim his subjects free republicans sooner than will our American masters voluntarily give up their slaves. Abraham Lincoln
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The slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters, as you are the master of your own negroes. Abraham Lincoln
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Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica. Abraham Lincoln
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The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish. I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible. Abraham Lincoln
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Submitted to the Sec. of War. On principle I dislike an oath which requires a man to swear he has not done wrong. It rejects the Christian principle of forgiveness on terms of repentance. I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter. Abraham Lincoln
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At the beginning of the war, and for some time, the use of colored troops was not contemplated; and how the change of purpose was wrought, I will not now take time to explain. Upon a clear conviction of duty I resolved to turn that element of strength to account; and I am responsible for it to the American people, to the christian world, to history, and on my final account to God. Abraham Lincoln
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God bless the Methodist Church - bless all the churches - and blessed be God, Who, in this our great trial, giveth us the churches. Abraham Lincoln
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I am busily engaged in study of the Bible. Abraham Lincoln
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Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories. Abraham Lincoln
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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. 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. Abraham Lincoln
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What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other's consent. I say this is the leading principle - the sheet anchor of American republicanism. Abraham Lincoln
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If we cannot give freedom to every creature, let us do nothing that will impose slavery upon any other creature. Abraham Lincoln
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Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged. Abraham Lincoln
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Beavers build houses; but they build them in nowise differently, or better now, than they did, five thousand years ago. Ants, and honey-bees, provide food for winter; but just in the same way they did, when Solomon referred the sluggard to them as patterns of prudence. Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship. Abraham Lincoln
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Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost. Abraham Lincoln
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The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow [sic] which can be done to-day [sic]. 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. Abraham Lincoln
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When I have a particular case in hand, I have that motive and feel an interest in the case, feel an interest in ferreting out the questions to the bottom, love to dig up the question by the roots and hold it up and dry it before the fires of the mind. Abraham Lincoln
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If you wish to be a lawyer, attach no consequence to the place you are in, or the person you are with; but get books, sit down anywhere, and go to reading for yourself. That will make a lawyer of you quicker than any other way. Abraham Lincoln
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In those days, our Declaration of Independence was held sacred by all, and thought to include all; but now, to aid in the making the bondage of the negro universal and eternal, it is assailed, and sneered at, and construed, and hawked at, and torn, till, if its framers could rise from their graves, they could not at all recognize it. Abraham Lincoln
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I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity. Abraham Lincoln
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What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not...the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army...our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms.... Abraham Lincoln
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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. Abraham Lincoln
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You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right. Abraham Lincoln
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You cannot have the right to do what is wrong! Abraham Lincoln
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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln
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Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln
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No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent. Abraham Lincoln
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Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. Abraham Lincoln
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You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln
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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. Abraham Lincoln
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If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. Abraham Lincoln
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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. Abraham Lincoln
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I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. Abraham Lincoln
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All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. Abraham Lincoln
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If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? Abraham Lincoln
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Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Abraham Lincoln
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The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions. Abraham Lincoln
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We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Abraham Lincoln
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Take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man. (When a skeptic expressed surprise to see him reading a Bible) Abraham Lincoln
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Prosperity is the fruit of labor. It begins with saving money. Abraham Lincoln
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Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies. Abraham Lincoln
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I am a patient man-always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance, and also to give ample time for repentance. Still, I must save this government, if possible. What I cannot do, of course I will not do, but it may as well be understood, once for all, that I shall not surrender this game leaving any available card unplayed. Abraham Lincoln
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In this troublesome world, we are never quite satisfied. When you were here, I thought you hindered me some in attending to business; but now, having nothing but business-no variety-it has grown exceedingly tasteless to me. I hate to sit down and direct documents, and I hate to stay in this old room by myself. Abraham Lincoln
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My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln
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Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence? Abraham Lincoln
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The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good. Almost every thing, especially of governmental policy, is an inseparable compound of the two; so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded. Abraham Lincoln
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I am superstitious. I have scarcely known a party, preceding an election, to call in help from the neighboring states, but they lost the state. Abraham Lincoln
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I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. Abraham Lincoln
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I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln
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