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Abraham Lincoln
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Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good. Abraham Lincoln
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To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln
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He [Stephen Douglas] is blowing out the moral lights around us, when he contends that whoever wants slaves has a right to hold them; that he is penetrating, so far as lies in his power, the human soul, and eradicating the light of reason and the love of liberty, when he is in every possible way preparing the public mind, by his vast influence, for making the institution of slavery perpetual and national. Abraham Lincoln
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My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out. Abraham Lincoln
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That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrepect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular. Abraham Lincoln
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The petition of persons under eighteen, praying that I would free all slave children, and the heading of which petition it appears you wrote, was handed me a few days since by Senator Sumner. Please tell these little people I am very glad their young hearts are so full of just and generous sympathy, and that, while I have not the power to grant all they ask, I trust they will remember that God has, and that, as it seems, He wills to do it. Abraham Lincoln
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Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation... Abraham Lincoln
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There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration. Abraham Lincoln
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Democracy is "government of, by and for the people". Abraham Lincoln
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Again I admonish you not to be turned from your stern purpose of defending your beloved country and its free institutions by any arguments urged by ambitious and designing men, but stand fast to the Union and the old flag. 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 any man [might] instantly use what another man 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 exclusive use of his inventions, 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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We think slavery a great moral wrong, and while we do not claim the right to touch it where it exists, we wish to treat it as a wrong in the territories, where our votes will reach it. Abraham Lincoln
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In the first place, I insist that our fathers did not make this nation half slave and half free, or part slave and part free. I insist that they found the institution of slavery existing here. They did not make it so, but they left it so because they knew of no way to get rid of it at that time. Abraham Lincoln
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No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive. Abraham Lincoln
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Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind. Abraham Lincoln
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Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling. Abraham Lincoln
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If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it. Abraham Lincoln
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As the problems are new, we must disenthrall ourselves from the past. Abraham Lincoln
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When someone asked Abraham Lincoln, after he was elected president, what he was going to do about his enemies, he replied, "I am going to destroy them. I am going to make them my friends." Abraham Lincoln
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The worst thing you can do for anyone you care about is anything that they can do on their own. Abraham Lincoln
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no man who is resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention, still less can he afford to take the consequences, including the vitiation of his temper and the loss of self control, yield to larger things to which you show no more than equal rights, and yield to lesser ones though clearly your own, better give your path to a dog, than be bitten by him in contesting for the right, not even killing the dog, will cure the bite Abraham Lincoln
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Too big to cry too young to laugh... Abraham Lincoln
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I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. Abraham Lincoln
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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln
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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
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I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. Abraham Lincoln
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If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. Abraham Lincoln
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All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. Abraham Lincoln
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If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. Abraham Lincoln
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The ballot is stronger than the bullet. Abraham Lincoln
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In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln
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Public opinion in this country is everything. Abraham Lincoln
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If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. Abraham Lincoln
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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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I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. Abraham Lincoln
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Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Abraham Lincoln
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When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. Abraham Lincoln
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A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. Abraham Lincoln
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I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. Abraham Lincoln
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I hold that if the Almighty had ever made a set of men that should do all the eating and none of the work, he would have made them with mouths only and no hands, and if he had ever made another class that he intended should do all the work and none of the eating, he would have made them without mouths and with all hands. Abraham Lincoln
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We know, Southern men declare that their slaves are better off than hired laborers amongst us. How little they know, whereof they speak! There is no permanent class of hired laborers amongst us. Twenty-five years ago, I was a hired laborer. The hired laborer of yesterday, labors on his own account today; and will hire others to labor for him tomorrow. Abraham Lincoln
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The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance. Abraham Lincoln
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A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Abraham Lincoln
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Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause, honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle. Abraham Lincoln
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It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with 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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Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be. Abraham Lincoln
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If a house was on fire there could be but two parties. One in favor of putting out the fire. Another in favor of the house burning. Abraham Lincoln
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I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying; and for this reason; I can never be satisfied with any one who would be blockhead enough to have me. Abraham Lincoln
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If, by the mere force of numbers, a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution-certainly would, if such right were a vital one. Abraham Lincoln
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Physically speaking, we cannot separate. We cannot remove our respective sections from each other, nor build an impassable wall between them. A husband and wife may be divorced, and go out of the presence, and beyond the reach of each other; but the different parts of our country cannot do this. They cannot but remain face to face; and intercourse, either amicable or hostile, must continue between them. Abraham Lincoln
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I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and part of States, are, and henceforward shall be free;... And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God. Abraham Lincoln
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Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be. Abraham Lincoln
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That [man] can compress the most words in the fewest ideas of any man I ever knew. Abraham Lincoln
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A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln
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If you don't want to use the army, I should like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully, A. Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln
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Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. Abraham Lincoln
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Important principles may and must be flexible. Abraham Lincoln
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If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference. Abraham Lincoln
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In law it is a good policy never to plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you cannot. Abraham Lincoln
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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy. Abraham Lincoln
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Offering thanks in the midst of tragedy is an American tradition, . even during a bloody Civil War. Abraham Lincoln
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I go for all sharing the privileges of the government who assist in bearing its burdens. Abraham Lincoln
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Teach hope to all, despair to none. Abraham Lincoln
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You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln
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I do the very best I know how-the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference. Abraham Lincoln
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It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. Abraham Lincoln
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Towering genius...thirsts and burns for distinction; and, if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves or enslaving freeman. Abraham Lincoln
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Do I not damage my enemies after i make them my close friends? Abraham Lincoln
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Your rights end where my nose begins. Abraham Lincoln
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To lead, you must touch men's hearts. Abraham Lincoln
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