Abraham Lincoln Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ready are we all to cry out and ascribe motives when our toes are pinched. 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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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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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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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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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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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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A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be. Abraham Lincoln
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Cortissoz was art critic of the New York Herald Tribune. 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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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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Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them. Abraham Lincoln
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Under the Dred Scott decision, squatter sovereignty squatted out of existence, tumbled down like temporary scaffolding - like the mould at the foundry served through one blast and fell back into loose sand - helped to carry an election, and then was kicked to the winds. Abraham Lincoln
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Has it not got down as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death? 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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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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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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Great men are ordinary men with extra ordinary determination. 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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