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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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The very spot where grew the bread that formed my bones, I see. How strange, old field, on thee to tread, and feel I'm part of thee. Abraham Lincoln
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Government should stand behind its currency and credit and the bank deposits of the nation. No individual should suffer a loss of money through depreciation or inflated currency of Bank bankruptcy. Abraham Lincoln
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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 Abraham Lincoln
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I cannot imaging anyone looking at the sky and denying God. Abraham Lincoln
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There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Almost everything, especially of government 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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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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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. Abraham Lincoln
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It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty, for yourselves, and not for me. I desire they shall be constitutionally preserved. Abraham Lincoln
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So viewing the issue, no choice was left but to call out the war power of the Government; and so to resist force, employed for its destruction, by force, for its preservation. Abraham Lincoln
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Talk to the jury as though your client's fate depends on every word you utter. Abraham Lincoln
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I do not understand that because I do not want a negro woman for a slave I must necessarily want her for a wife. My understanding is that I can just let her alone. Abraham Lincoln
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You may burn my body to ashes, and scatter them to the winds of heaven; you may drag my soul down to the regions of darkness and despair to be tormented forever; but you will never get me to support a measure which I believe to be wrong, although by doing so I may accomplish that which I believe to be right. 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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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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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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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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You cannot have the right to do what is wrong! Abraham Lincoln
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The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance. We hoped for a happy termination of this terrible war long before this; but God knows best, and has ruled otherwise. We shall yet acknowledge His wisdom, and our own error therein. Meanwhile we must work earnestly in the best lights He gives us, trusting that so working still conduces to the great ends He ordains. Surely He intends some great good to follow this mighty convulsion, which no mortal could make, and no mortal could stay. 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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The better part of one's life consists of his friendships. 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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I believe the declaration that "all men are created equal" is the great fundamental principle upon which our free institutions rest. Abraham Lincoln
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A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started ... He will assume control of your cities, states and nations. He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities, and corporations ... The fate of humanity is in his hands. Abraham Lincoln
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In all that people can do for themselves, government ought not to interfere. Abraham Lincoln
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When you have got a ticket to send, and you're not a top costumer, it's best not to waste your time. Abraham Lincoln
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You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. Abraham Lincoln
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Cortissoz was art critic of the New York Herald Tribune. Abraham Lincoln
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It's time for me to go. But I would rather stay. Abraham Lincoln
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May I ask those who have not differed with me to join with me in this same spirit towards those who have? And now, let me close by asking three hearty cheers for our brave soldiers and seamen, and their gallant and skillful commanders. Abraham Lincoln
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