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Abraham Lincoln
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If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and constitutions against it, are themselves wrong, and should be silenced, and swept away. 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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My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not to either save or destroy Slavery. Abraham Lincoln
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If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it. Abraham Lincoln
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Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You cannot have the right to do what is wrong! 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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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 I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do that. I have here stated my purpose according to my official duty, and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men, everywhere, could be free. Abraham Lincoln
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Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Abraham Lincoln
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But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. Abraham Lincoln
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We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. Abraham Lincoln
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No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. Abraham Lincoln
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Every man over forty is responsible for his face. Abraham Lincoln
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The ant, who has toiled and dragged a crumb to his nest, will furiously defend the fruit of his labor, against whatever robber assails him. So plain, that the most dumb and stupid slave that ever toiled for a master, does constantly know that he is wronged. So plain that no one, high or low, ever does mistake it, except in a plainly selfish way; for although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself. Abraham Lincoln
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By general law life and limb must be protected; yet often a limb must be amputated to save a life; but a life is never wisely given to save a limb. Abraham Lincoln
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Fondly do we hope-fervently do we pray- that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said 'the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether. Abraham Lincoln
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[Upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe:] So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war! Abraham Lincoln
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If General McClellan did not want to use the army, he would like to borrow it. Abraham Lincoln
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He [Lincoln] used to liken the case to that of the boy who, when asked how many legs his calf would have if he called its tail a leg, replied, 'Five,' to which the prompt response was made that calling the tail a leg would not make it a leg. Abraham Lincoln
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The sun,' said Mr. Bull, 'never sets on English dominion. Do you understand how that is?' 'Oh, yes,' said the Indian, 'that is because God is afraid to trust them in the dark. 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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The workingmen are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous. Abraham Lincoln
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Only events and not a man's exertions in his own behalf, can make a President. Abraham Lincoln
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I care not much for a man's religion who's dog or cat are not the better for it. Abraham Lincoln
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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln
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I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free. Abraham Lincoln
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I am glad to know that there is a system of labor where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I wish to God that such a system prevailed all over the world. 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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Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged. 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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The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust. 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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My old father used to have a saying: If you make a bad bargain, hug it all the tighter. Abraham Lincoln
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I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. Abraham Lincoln
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We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot. Abraham Lincoln
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My faith in the proposition that each man should do precisely as he pleases with all which is exclusively his own lies at the foundation of the sense of justice there is in me. Abraham Lincoln
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That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance. Abraham Lincoln
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One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended. Abraham Lincoln
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