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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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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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The Bible is not my book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma. Abraham Lincoln
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In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement. Abraham Lincoln
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When you make it to the top, turn and reach down for the person behind you. Abraham Lincoln
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It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest. Abraham Lincoln
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Must I shoot a simple-minded soldier boy who deserts, while I must not touch a hair of the wily agitator who induces him to desert? I think that in such a cse to silence the agitator and save the boy is not only constitutional but withal a great mercy. Abraham Lincoln
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To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own. Abraham Lincoln
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Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln
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Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln
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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. Abraham Lincoln
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When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. Abraham Lincoln
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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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I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. Abraham Lincoln
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The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use. Abraham Lincoln
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The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. Abraham Lincoln
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It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln
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I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. Abraham Lincoln
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Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Abraham Lincoln
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Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. Abraham Lincoln
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If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. Abraham Lincoln
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It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, "And this too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! Abraham Lincoln
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I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down. Abraham Lincoln
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Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived. Abraham Lincoln
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I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me. Abraham Lincoln
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My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read. Abraham Lincoln
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Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction ... nor of dungeons to ourselves. 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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If there is anything which it is the duty of the whole people to never entrust to any hands but their own, that thing is the preservation and perpetuity of their own liberties and institutions. Abraham Lincoln
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As we keep or break the Sabbath Day we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises. Abraham Lincoln
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This human struggle and scramble for office, for a way to live without work, will finally test the strength of our institutions. Abraham Lincoln
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A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism. Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left. Abraham Lincoln
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You say men ought to be hung for the way they are executing the law; I say the way it is being executed is quite as good as any of its antecedents. It is being executed in the precise way which was intended from the first, else why does no Nebraska man express astonishment or condemnation? Poor Reeder is the only public man who has been silly enough to believe that anything like fairness was ever intended, and he has been bravely undeceived. Abraham Lincoln
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It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power. Abraham Lincoln
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The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty Abraham Lincoln
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I told myself, "Lincoln, you can never make a lawyer if you do not understand what demonstrate means." So I left my situation in Springfield, went home to my father's house, and stayed there till I could give any proposition in the six books of Euclid at sight. I then found out what "demonstrate" means, and went back to my law studies. Abraham Lincoln
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President Lincoln was once criticized for his attitude toward his enemies. "Why do you try to make friends of them?" asked an associate. "You should try to destroy them." "Am I not destroying my enemies," Lincoln gently replied, "when I make them my friends?" Abraham Lincoln
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I hear you have abolitionists here. We have a few in Illinois, but we shot one the other day. Abraham Lincoln
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If any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others Abraham Lincoln
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Thus let bygones be bygones. Let past differences, as nothing be. Abraham Lincoln
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As to your kind wishes for myself, allow me to say I can not enter the ring on the money basis-first, because, in the main, it iswrong; and secondly, I have not, and can not get, the money. I say, in the main, the use of money is wrong; but for certain objects, in a political contest, the use of some, is both right, and indispensable. Abraham Lincoln
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We must believe that He permits it [this war] for some wise purpose of his own, mysterious and unknown to us; and though with ourlimited understandings we may not be able to comprehend it, yet we cannot but believe, that he who made the world still governs it. Abraham Lincoln
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The will of God prevails. Abraham Lincoln
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In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak, and as strong; as silly and as wise; asbad and good. Abraham Lincoln
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A right result, at this time, will be worth more to the world, than ten times the men, and ten times the money. Abraham Lincoln
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If the union of these States, and the liberties of this people, shall be lost, it is but little to any one man of fifty-two yearsof age, but a great deal to the thirty millions of people who inhabit these United States, and to their posterity in all coming time. Abraham Lincoln
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The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful. Abraham Lincoln
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Doubtless you begin to understand how disagreeable it is to me to do a thing arbitrarily, when it is unsatisfactory to others associated with me. Abraham Lincoln
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If I had my way, this war would never have been commenced. If I had been allowed my way this war would have been ended before this. Abraham Lincoln
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You already know I desire that neither Father or Mother shall be in want of any comfort either in health or sickness while they live. Abraham Lincoln
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It may be affirmed, without extravagance, that the free institutions we enjoy, have developed the powers, and improved the condition, of our whole people, beyond any example in the world. Abraham Lincoln
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The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party - and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. Abraham Lincoln
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Negro equality, Fudge!! How long in the Government of a God great enough to make and maintain this Universe, shall there continue to be knaves to vend and fools to gulp, so low a piece of demagoguism as this? Abraham Lincoln
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The severest justice may not always be the best policy Abraham Lincoln
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We must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued. Abraham Lincoln
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He who sees cruelty and does nothing about it is himself cruel. 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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We must settle this question now - whether in a free government the minority have the right to break it up whenever they choose. If we fail, it will go far to prove the incapability of the people to govern themselves. Abraham Lincoln
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