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Abraham Lincoln
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The press has no better friend than I am, no one who is more ready to acknowledge . . . its tremendous power for both good and evil. Abraham Lincoln
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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
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Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. Abraham Lincoln
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I am a patient man - always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance; and also to give ample time for repentance. Still I must save this government if possible. Abraham Lincoln
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When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run. Abraham Lincoln
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Senator Douglas holds, we know, that a man may rightfully be wiser today than he was yesterday - that he may rightfully change when he finds himself wrong. But can we, for that reason, run ahead, and infer that he will make any particular change, of which he, himself, has given no intimation? Abraham Lincoln
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He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help. 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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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. Abraham Lincoln
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It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices, have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln
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They have seen in his [Senator Stephen A. Douglas's] round, jolly, fruitful face, post offices, land offices, marshalships, and cabinet appointments, chargeships and foreign missions, bursting and sprouting out in wonderful exuberance ready to be laid hold of by their greedy hands.... Nobody has ever expected me to be President. In my poor, lean, lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting out. 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 knaves to vend, and fools to gulp, so low a piece of demagogueism as this. 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
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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
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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 fatigue anything? Abraham Lincoln
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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It is not our frowning battlements...or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land....Our defence is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Abraham Lincoln
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Senator Douglas holds, we know, that a man may rightfully be wiser today than he was yesterday - that he may rightfully change when he finds himself wrong. But can we, for that reason, run ahead, and infer that he will make any particular change, of which he, himself, has given no intimation? Abraham Lincoln
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We shall not fail - if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come. Abraham Lincoln
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Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity - Posterity has done nothing for us 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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No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained. Abraham Lincoln
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Destroy your enemy by making him your friend. Abraham Lincoln
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I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. Abraham Lincoln
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Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder. Abraham Lincoln
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For it has been said, all that a man hath will he give for his life; and while all contribute of their substance the soldier puts his life at stake, and often yields it up in his country's cause. The highest merit, then is due to the soldier. Abraham Lincoln
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Faith is not believing that God can, but that God will. Abraham Lincoln
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All things desirable to men are contained in the Bible. Abraham Lincoln
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I would like to speak in terms of praise due to the many brave officers and soldiers who have fought in the cause of the war. Abraham Lincoln
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We have, as all will agree, a free Government, where every man has a right to be equal with every other man. In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed. Abraham Lincoln
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I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has. Abraham Lincoln
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You are green, it is true; but they are green also. You are all green alike. Abraham Lincoln
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It is a good face. I am glad this war is over at last. Abraham Lincoln
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War, at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible. Abraham Lincoln
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Character is the tree, reputation is the shadow. Abraham Lincoln
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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
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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
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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
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Always remember: Life is for enjoying. Abraham Lincoln
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I have always hated slavery, I think as much as any Abolitionist. Abraham Lincoln
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We must ask where we are and whither we are tending. Abraham Lincoln
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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
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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
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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
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God bless the soldiers and seamen, with all their brave commanders. Abraham Lincoln
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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
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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
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