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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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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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You can always lie to others and hide your actions from them... but you can not fool yourself Abraham Lincoln
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A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor. Abraham Lincoln
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I have just read your dispatch about sore-tongued and fatigued horses, Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the Battle of Antietam that fatigues anything? Abraham Lincoln
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The available supply of gold and silver being wholly inadequate to permit the issuance of coins of intrinsic value or paper currency convertible into coin of intrinsic value or paper currency convertible into coin in the volume required to serve the needs of the People, some other basis for the issue of currency must be developed, and some means other than that of convertibility into coin must be developed to prevent undue fluctuation in the value of paper currency or any other substitute for money intrinsic value that may come into use. Abraham Lincoln
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Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power. Abraham Lincoln
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The struggle of today is not altogether for today - it is for a vast future also. Abraham Lincoln
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With the Catching Ends the Pleasure of the Chase. Abraham Lincoln
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Continue to execute all the express provisions of our national Constitution, and the Union will endure forever-it being impossible to destroy it, except by some action not provided for in the instrument itself. Abraham Lincoln
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In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free. Abraham Lincoln
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. . . peace is a thing which a person must be willing to fight for . . . Abraham Lincoln
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It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination. Abraham Lincoln
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This is essentially a people's contest... whose leading object is to elevate the condition of men - to lift artificial weights from all shoulders - to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all - to afford all, an unfettered start and a fair chance, in the race of life. Abraham Lincoln
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In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible, except with the passing of time. Abraham Lincoln
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Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. Abraham Lincoln
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A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. Abraham Lincoln
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Now what is Judge Douglas Popular Sovereignty? It is, as a principle, no other than that, if one man chooses to make a slave of another man, neither that other man nor anybody else has a right to object. Abraham Lincoln
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Let there be no compromise on the question of extending slavery. If there be, all our labor is lost, and, ere long, must be done again. Abraham Lincoln
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Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Abraham Lincoln
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The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. What one of us but can call to mind some relative more promising in youth than all his fellows, who has fallen a sacrifice to his rapacity? Abraham Lincoln
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I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side. Abraham Lincoln
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And while it has not pleased the Almighty to bless us with a return of peace, we can but press on, guided by the best light He gives, trusting that in His own good time, and wise way, all will yet be well. Abraham Lincoln
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I am very glad indeed to see you to-night, and yet I will not say I thank you for this call, but I do most sincerely thank Almighty God for the occasion on which you have called. Abraham Lincoln
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It is for us and our time...to say the right makes might. Abraham Lincoln
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I will either be America's greatest president or its last. Abraham Lincoln
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Your good mother tells me you are feeling very badly in your new situation. Allow me to assure you it is a perfect certainty that you will, very soon, feel better - quite happy - if you only stick to the resolution you have taken to procure a military education.... On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life. Abraham Lincoln
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In 1841 you and I had together a tedious low-water trip, on a Steam Boat from Louisville to St. Louis. You may remember, as I well do, that from Louisville to the mouth of the Ohio there were, on board, ten or a dozen slaves, shackled together with irons. That sight was a continual torment to me; and I see something like it every time I touch the Ohio, or any other slave-border. Abraham Lincoln
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I think that one of the causes of these repeated failures is that our best and greatest men have greatly underestimated the size of this question (slavery). They have constantly brought forward small cures for great sores-plasters too small to cover the wound. That is one reason that all settlements have proved so temporary-so evanescent. Abraham Lincoln
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Upon this subject, the habits of our whole species fall into three great classes-useful labour, useless labour and idleness. Of these the first only is meritorious; and to it all the products of labour rightfully belong; but the two latter, while they exist, are heavy pensioners upon the first, robbing it of a large portion of it's just rights. The only remedy for this is to, as far as possible, drive useless labour and idleness out of existence. Abraham Lincoln
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And, inasmuch [as] most good things are produced by labour, it follows that all such things of right belong to those whose labour has produced them. But it has so happened in all ages of the world, that some have laboured, and others have, without labour, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To [secure] to each labourer the whole product of his labour, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government. 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 Primmers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. Abraham Lincoln
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Again, a law may be both constitutional and expedient, and yet may be administered in an unjust and unfair way. Abraham Lincoln
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When I so pressingly urge a strict observance of all the laws, let me not be understood as saying there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise, for the redress of which, no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say, that, although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still while they continue in force, for the sake of example, they should be religiously observed. Abraham Lincoln
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Dear Sir: Yours of the 24th. asking 'the best mode of obtaining a thorough knowledge of the law' is received. The mode is very simple, though laborious, and tedious. It is only to get the books, and read, and study them carefully. Begin with Blackstone's Commentaries, and after reading it carefully through, say twice, take up Chitty's Pleading, Greenleaf's Evidence, & Story's Equity &c. in succession. Work, work, work, is the main thing. Abraham Lincoln
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Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing. Abraham Lincoln
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I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. Abraham Lincoln
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Laughter can be used to sooth the mind and get rid of those awful thoughts. Abraham Lincoln
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There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending. Abraham Lincoln
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It has been said that one bad general is better than two good ones, and the saying is true if taken to mean no more than that an army is better directed by a single mind, though inferior, than by two superior ones at variance and cross-purposes with each other. And the same is true in all joint operations wherein those engaged can have none but a common end in view and can differ only as to the choice of means. In a storm at sea no one on board can wish the ship to sink, and yet not unfrequently all go down together because too many will direct and no single mind can be allowed to control. Abraham Lincoln
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I confess I hate to see the poor creatures hunted down but I bite my lip and keep quiet. Abraham Lincoln
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I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races: that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people. Abraham Lincoln
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You dislike the emancipation proclamation; and, perhaps, would have it retracted. You say it is unconstitutional - I think differently. Abraham Lincoln
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You say you will not fight to free negroes. Some of them seem willing to fight for you; but, no matter. Fight you, then exclusively to save the Union. Abraham Lincoln
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I am much indebted to the good Christian people of the country for their constant prayers and consolations; and to no one of them, more than to yourself. Abraham Lincoln
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He has got the slows, Mr. Blair. Abraham Lincoln
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My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. 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 save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. Abraham Lincoln
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The trouble with Hooker is that he's got his headquarters where his hindquarters aught to be. Abraham Lincoln
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Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln
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Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much. Abraham Lincoln
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Without Divine assistance I can not succeed; with it I can not fail. 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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Bad promises are better broken than kept. Abraham Lincoln
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in times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity. Abraham Lincoln
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Destroy your enemy by making him your friend. Abraham Lincoln
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The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion. We cannot escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honour or dishonour, to the last generation. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, our last best hope of Earth. Abraham Lincoln
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It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion... Abraham Lincoln
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One company can serve some of your needs all of the time, or all of your needs some of the time, but never both. Abraham Lincoln
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No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression. Abraham Lincoln
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When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government-that is despotism. 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 dont believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. Abraham Lincoln
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Life is hard but so very beautiful Abraham Lincoln
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There' s nothing good in war. Except its ending. Abraham Lincoln
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In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions. Abraham Lincoln
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Violence begins where knowledge ends. Abraham Lincoln
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We can succeed only by concert. It is not 'can any of us imagine better?, but 'can we all do better? Abraham Lincoln
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I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not. Abraham Lincoln
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No organic law can ever be framed with a provision specifically applicable to every question which may occur in practical administration. .. No foresight can anticipate nor any document of reasonable length contain express provisions for all possible questions. Abraham Lincoln
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