Abraham Lincoln Quotes & Wallpapers

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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I certainly know that if the war fails, the administration fails, and that I will be blamed for it, whether I deserve it or not. And I ought to be blamed, if I could do better. You think I could do better; therefore you blame me already. I think I could not do better; therefore I blame you for blaming me. Abraham Lincoln
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Much is being said about peace; and no man desires peace more ardently than I. Still I am yet unprepared to give up the Union fora peace which, so achieved, could not be of much duration. Abraham Lincoln
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No one has needed favours more than I, and generally, few have been less unwilling to accept them; but in this case, favour to me,would be injustice to the public, and therefore I must beg your pardon for declining it. Abraham Lincoln
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There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal. Abraham Lincoln
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In using the strong hand, as now compelled to do, the government has a difficult duty to perform. At the very best, it will by turns do both too little and too much. It can properly have no motive of revenge, no purpose to punish merely for punishment's sake. While we must, by all available means, prevent the overthrow of the government, we should avoid planting and cultivating too many thorns in the bosom of society. 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 president is the cube of ice one places in the pot of a houseplant, providing a steady amount of nourishment over the course of a hot day. A good description of the job and also a fantastic bit of practical household advice. Abraham Lincoln
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We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us. Abraham Lincoln
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But, slavery is good for some people! ! ! As a good thing, slavery is strikingly peculiar, in this, that it is the only good thing which no man ever seeks the good of, for himself. Abraham Lincoln
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The foregoing history may not be precisely accurate in every particular; but I am sure it is sufficiently so, for all the uses I shall attempt to make of it, and in it, we have before us, the chief material enabling us to correctly judge whether the repeal of the Missouri Compromise is right or wrong. Abraham Lincoln
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No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. 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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The better part of one's life consists of his friendships. 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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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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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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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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Abraham Lincoln was asked by an aide about the church service he had attended. Lincoln responded that the minister was inspired, interesting, well-prepared, eloquent and the topic relevant. The aide said, "Then it was a good service?" Lincoln responded, "No." The aide protested, "But, Mr. President, you said that the minister was inspired, interesting, well-prepared, eloquent, and that the topic was relevant." "Yes," replied Lincoln, "but he did' challenge us to do any great thing. 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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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 workingmen are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous. Abraham Lincoln
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Adversity does not make us frail; it only shows us how frail we are. Abraham Lincoln
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Government, possessing the power to create and issue currency and credit as money and enjoying the right to withdraw both currency and credit from circulation by taxation and otherwise, need not and should not borrow capital at interest as a means of financing government work and public enterprises. Abraham Lincoln
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Its authors meant it to be... a stumbling block to those who in after times might seek to turn a free people back into the hateful paths of despotism. They knew the proneness of prosperity to breed tyrants, and they meant when such should re-appear in this fair land and commence their vocation they should find left for them at least one hard nut to crack. Abraham Lincoln
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Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity; and none will do it enthusiastically. Posterity has done nothing for us; and theorize on it as we may, practically we shall do very little for it, unless we are made to think we are at the same time doing something for ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
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The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. 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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