Abraham Lincoln Quotes & Wallpapers

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. 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

On the first day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixtythree, all persons held as slaves within any state, or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free. Abraham Lincoln

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 fatigue anything? Abraham Lincoln

I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel. Abraham Lincoln

Mr. Lincoln [told] the story of the young man who had an aged father and mother owning considerable property. The young man being an only son and believing that the old people had lived out their usefullness assassinated them both. He was accused, tried, and convicted of the murder. When the judge came to pass sentence upon him and called upon him to give any reason he might have why the sentence of death should not be passed upon him, he with great promptness replied he hoped the court would be lenient upon him because he was a poor orphan. Abraham Lincoln

Can you inform me, gentlemen, where General Grant procures his whisky?... Because if I can find out, I'll send a barrel of it to every General in the field! Abraham Lincoln

We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority. Our strife pertains to ourselves - to the passing generations of men - and it can without convulsion be hushed forever with the passing of one generation. Abraham Lincoln

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act, as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Abraham Lincoln

Friends, I agree with you in Providence; but I believe in the Providence of the most men, the largest purse, and the longest cannon. Abraham Lincoln

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met. Abraham Lincoln

Slavery is founded on the selfishness of man's nature - opposition to it on his love of justice. Abraham Lincoln

Resolve to be honest at all events: and if in your judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation. Abraham Lincoln

History is not history unless it is the truth. Abraham Lincoln

Human nature will not change. 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, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived. Abraham Lincoln

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

My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read. Abraham Lincoln

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

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. Abraham Lincoln

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. Abraham Lincoln

I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. Abraham Lincoln

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

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. Abraham Lincoln

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. Abraham Lincoln

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

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

When you make it to the top, turn and reach down for the person behind you. Abraham Lincoln

It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest. Abraham Lincoln

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

As we keep or break the Sabbath Day we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises. Abraham Lincoln

This human struggle and scramble for office, for a way to live without work, will finally test the strength of our institutions. Abraham Lincoln

Singular indeed the people should be writhing under oppression and injury, and yet not one among them to be found, to raise the voice of complaint. Abraham Lincoln

I fear you do not fully comprehend the danger of abridging the liberties of the people. Nothing but the sternest necessity can ever justify it. A government had better go to the extreme of toleration, than to do aught that could be construed into an interference with, or to jeopardize in any degree, the common rights of its citizens. Abraham Lincoln

A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power. Abraham Lincoln

Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. Abraham Lincoln

Life may not always be a bed of roses. All of us are aware of this fact. There are numerous times in life when we have to face disappointments. These quotes and sayings surely do inspire and help us to look forward and enjoy the new pathways coming our way. These quotes also lend a different perspective to life, which makes moving forward not a very difficult task.I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause. Abraham Lincoln

But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or to detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. Abraham Lincoln

Always remember: Life is for enjoying. Abraham Lincoln

I have always hated slavery, I think as much as any Abolitionist. Abraham Lincoln

We must ask where we are and whither we are tending. Abraham Lincoln

Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a "sacred right of self-government." These principles can not stand together. They are as opposite as God and mammon; and whoever holds to the one, must despise the other. Abraham Lincoln

Remembering that Peter denied his Lord with an oath, after most solemnly protesting that he never would, I will not swear I will make no committals; but I do think I will not. Abraham Lincoln

Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result. Abraham Lincoln

God bless the soldiers and seamen, with all their brave commanders. Abraham Lincoln

There is nothing true anywhere, The true is nowhere to be seen; If you say you see the true, This seeing is not the true one. Abraham Lincoln

I do not wish to be misunderstood upon this subject of slavery in this country. I suppose it may long exist, and perhaps the best way for it to come to an end peaceably is for it to exist for a length of time. But I say that the spread and strengthening and perpetuation of it is an entirely different proposition. There we should in every way resist it as a wrong, treating it as a wrong, with the fixed idea that it must and will come to an end. Abraham Lincoln

I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this his almost chosen people. Abraham Lincoln

I trust that as He shall further open the way, I will be ready to walk therein, relying on His help and trusting in His goodness and wisdom. Abraham Lincoln

Let reverence for the laws . . . become the political religion of the nation. Abraham Lincoln

What are you gonna do for a face when the baboon wants his ass back? Abraham Lincoln

I do not think I could myself, be brought to support a man for office, whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion. Leaving the higher matter of eternal consequences, between him and his Maker, I still do not think any man has the right thus to insult the feelings, and injure the morals, of the community in which he may live. Abraham Lincoln

Others have been made fools of by the girls; but, this can never be with truth said of me. I most emphatically, in this instance,made a fool of myself. Abraham Lincoln

The enthusiastic uprising of the people in our cause, is our great reliance; and we can not safely give it any check, even thoughit overflows, and runs in channels not laid down in any chart. Abraham Lincoln

It is bad to be poor. I shall go to the wall for bread and meat, if I neglect my business this year as well as last. Abraham Lincoln

Now, at the end of three years struggle the nation's condition is not what either party, or any man devised, or expected. God alone can claim it. Abraham Lincoln

I have no wealthy or popular relations to recommend me. Abraham Lincoln

The matter of fees is important, far beyond the mere question of bread and butter involved. Properly attended to, fuller justice is done to both lawyer and client. Abraham Lincoln

Nor must Uncle Sam's Web-feet be forgotten. At all the watery margins they have been present. Not only on the deep sea, the broadbay, and the rapid river, but also up the narrow muddy bayou, and wherever the ground was a little damp, they have been, and made their tracks. Abraham Lincoln



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