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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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A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be. Abraham Lincoln
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I know there is a God, and that He hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that his hand is in it. If He has a place and work for me - and I think He has - I believe I am ready. Abraham Lincoln
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I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, that the working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous, and as you added that those were the sentiments of the gentlemen present, representing not only the working class, but citizens of other callings than those of the mechanic, I am happy to concur with you in these sentiments, not only of the native born citizens, but also of the Germans and foreigners from other countries. Abraham Lincoln
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Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. Abraham Lincoln
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Great men are ordinary men with extra ordinary determination. Abraham Lincoln
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Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart. Abraham Lincoln
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A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure. Abraham Lincoln
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I am very little inclined on any occasion to say anything unless I hope to produce some good by it. Abraham Lincoln
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The land-grant university system is being built on behalf of the people, who have invested in these public universities their hopes, their support, and their confidence. Abraham Lincoln
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Rules of living Don't worry, eat three square meals a day,say your prayers, be courteous to your creditors, keep your digestion good,steer clear of biliousness,exercise, go slow and go easy. May be there are other things that your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these, i reckon, will give you a good life. 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 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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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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I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him. Abraham Lincoln
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The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds. 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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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 people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust. 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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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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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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In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason. Abraham Lincoln
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It is not 'Is God on my side', but 'Am I on God's side'. Abraham Lincoln
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Believing everybody is dangerous, but believing nobody is more dangerous. Abraham Lincoln
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Oh, that [his Thanksgiving Message] is some of Seward's nonsense, and it pleases the fools. Abraham Lincoln
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If there is no military need for the building, leave it alone, neither putting anyone in or out of it, except on finding some one preaching or practicing treason, in which case lay hands on him, just as if he were doing the same thing in any other building. Abraham Lincoln
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In the early days of the world, the Almighty said to the first of our race "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread"; and since then, if we except the light and the air of heaven, no good thing has been, or can be enjoyed by us, without having first cost labour. Abraham Lincoln
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I never knew a man who wished to be himself a slave. Consider if you know any good thing, that no man desires for himself. Abraham Lincoln
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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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I am absent altogether too much to be a suitable instructor for a law-student. When a man has reached the age that Mr. Widner has,and has already been doing for himself, my judgment is, that he reads the books for himself without an instructor. That is precisely the way I came to the law. Abraham Lincoln
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