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Abraham Lincoln
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There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.' Abraham Lincoln
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I cannot speak so confidently about the fighting qualities of the Eastern men, or what are called Yankees - not knowing myself particularly to whom the appellation belongs - but this I do know - if the Southerners think that man for man they are better than our Illinois men, or western men generally, they will discover themselves in a grievous mistake. Abraham Lincoln
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I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams. Abraham Lincoln
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I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men every where could be free. Abraham Lincoln
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Certainly it is not so easy to pay something as it is to pay nothing, but it is easier to pay a large sum than it is to pay a larger one. And it is easier to pay any sum when we are able than it is to pay it before we are able. Abraham Lincoln
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Should my administration prove to be a very wicked one...or a very foolish one, if you, the people, are true to yourselves and the Constitution, there is little harm I can do, thank God. Abraham Lincoln
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The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here so nobly advanced. Abraham Lincoln
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I know the hole he went in at, but I can't tell you what hole he will come out of. Abraham Lincoln
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My Dear McClellan, if you don't want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully. Abraham Lincoln
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If I gave McClellan all the men he asked for, they could not find room to lie down; they'd have to sleep standing up. Abraham Lincoln
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No State, upon it own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union. Resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally nothing. I therefore consider that the Union is unbroken. There needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless forced upon the national authority. Abraham Lincoln
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I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were felt by the whole human race, there would not be one cheerful face left on earth. Abraham Lincoln
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We have all heard of Young America. He is the most current youth of the age. Some think him conceited, and arrogant; but has he not reason to entertain a rather extensive opinion of himself? Is he not the inventor and owner of the present, and sole hope of the future? Abraham Lincoln
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When I got him out he was near froze solid and shivering. He was shaking so hard that I wasted half a glass of whiskey trying to aim it for his mouth. Must have got enough of it into him, though, since it did seem to bring him back to life. Abraham Lincoln
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I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it. Abraham Lincoln
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What constitutes the bulwark of our liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea-coasts, our army and our navy. ... Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors. ... you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you. Abraham Lincoln
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Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me Abraham Lincoln
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Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail. Abraham Lincoln
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Politics, as a trade, finds most and leaves nearly all dishonest. Abraham Lincoln
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Money possesses no value to the state other than that given to it by circulation. Abraham Lincoln
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Capital has its proper place and is entitled to every protection. The wages of men should be recognized in the structure of and in the social order as more important than the wages of money [interest]. Abraham Lincoln
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No duty is more imperative for the government than the duty it ;owes the people to furnish them with a sound and uniform currency, an of regulating the circulation of the medium of exchange so that labor will be protected from a vicious currency [private bank-created, interest-bearing debt], and commerce will be facilitated by cheap and safe exchanges. Abraham Lincoln
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By adoption of these principles, the long-felt want for a uniform medium will be satisfied. The taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest, discounts, and exchanges. The financing of all public enterprises, the maintenance of stable government and ordered progress, and the conduct of the Treasury will become matters of practical administration. The people can and will be furnished with a currency as safe as their own government. Abraham Lincoln
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It is much easier to ride a horse in the direction it is going. Abraham Lincoln
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The eyes of that species of extinct giant, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara as our eyes do now. Abraham Lincoln
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Let us re-adopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it, the practices, and policy, which harmonize with it. Let north and south - let all Americans - let all lovers of liberty everywhere - join in the great and good work. If we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union; but we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving. We shall have so saved it, that the succeeding millions of free happy people, the world over, shall rise up, and call us blessed, to the latest generations. Abraham Lincoln
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...I do not mean to say that this general government is charged with the duty of redressing or preventing all the wrongs in the world; but I do think that it is charged with the duty of preventing and redressing all wrongs which are wrongs to itself. Abraham Lincoln
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The struggle of today, is not altogether for today - it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us. Abraham Lincoln
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Our common country is in great peril, demanding the loftiest views, and boldest action to bring it speedy relief. Once relieved, its form of government is saved to the world; its beloved history, and cherished memories, are vindicated; and its happy future fully assured, and rendered inconceivably grand. Abraham Lincoln
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May the Almighty grant that the cause of truth, justice, and humanity, shall in no wise suffer at my hands. Abraham Lincoln
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And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons. Abraham Lincoln
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You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm. Abraham Lincoln
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As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy. Abraham Lincoln
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Suspicions which may be unjust need not be stated. Abraham Lincoln
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Gold is good in its place, but living, brave, patriotic men are better than gold. Abraham Lincoln
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I am in favor of a national bank...in favor of the internal improvements system and a high protective tariff. Abraham Lincoln
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Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest. Abraham Lincoln
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People are just as happy as they choose to be. Abraham Lincoln
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Human-nature will not change. Abraham Lincoln
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Repeal the Missouri Compromise - repeal all compromises - repeal the Declaration of Independence - repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man's heart, that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak. Abraham Lincoln
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I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. Abraham Lincoln
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When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one. Abraham Lincoln
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You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln
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People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like. Abraham Lincoln
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What is conservatism? It is not adherence to the old and tried, but against the new and untried? Abraham Lincoln
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I have never seen to my knowledge a man, woman, or child who was in favor of producing a perfect equality, social and political, between negroes and white men. Abraham Lincoln
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I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens... to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. Abraham Lincoln
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The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.... The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails today among us human creatures. Abraham Lincoln
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You have heard the story, haven't you, about the man who was tarred and feathered and was carried out of town on a rail? A man in the crowd asked him how he liked it. His reply was that if it was not for the honor of the thing, he would much rather walk. Abraham Lincoln
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A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade. Abraham Lincoln
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If you love something, set it free. Abraham Lincoln
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Peace will come soon and come to stay, and so come as to be worth keeping in all future time. It will then have been proved that among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet, and that they who take such appeal are sure to lose their cases and pay the cost. Abraham Lincoln
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It is easiest to be all things to all men, but it is not honest. Self-respect must be sacrificed every hour in the day. Abraham Lincoln
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He who does something at the heat of one regiment will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred. Abraham Lincoln
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Let every man remember that to violate the law is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear that charter of his own and his children's liberty. Abraham Lincoln
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To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. Abraham Lincoln
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All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. Abraham Lincoln
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Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and force a new one that suits them better. Abraham Lincoln
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A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home. Abraham Lincoln
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In this and like communities, public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Abraham Lincoln
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What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way. Abraham Lincoln
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Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts. Abraham Lincoln
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Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap. Let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges. Let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in almanacs. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in the courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation. Abraham Lincoln
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That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln
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Next came the Patent laws. These began in England in 1624; and, in this country, with the adoption of our constitution. Before then these?, any man might instantly use what another had invented; so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things. Abraham Lincoln
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It is better, then, to save the work while it is begun. You have done the labor; maintain it, keep it. If men choose to serve you, go with them; but as you have made up your organization upon principle, stand by it; for, as surely as God reigns over you, and has inspired your mind, and given you a sense of propriety, and continues to give you hope, so surely will you still cling to these ideas, and you will at last come back after your wanderings, merely to do your work over again. Abraham Lincoln
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It is the eternal struggle between these two principles - right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it. Abraham Lincoln
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The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend. Abraham Lincoln
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Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the last generation. Abraham Lincoln
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And whereas this House desires to obtain a full knowledge of all the facts which go to establish whether the particular spot of soil which the blood of our citizens was so shed was, or was not, our own soil. Abraham Lincoln
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