Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on encouragement, good, justice, labor, violence, and world

Property is the fruit of labor . . . property is desirable . . . is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Reply to New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association, March 21, 1864

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on past and problems

As the problems are new, we must disenthrall ourselves from the past.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on america, congress, constitution, fatherhood, liberty, men, people, and safety

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on doubt, silence, and thought

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to speak out and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln

Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Notes for a Law Lecture, July 1, 1850

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on control, government, laws, principles, prohibition, and reason

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. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on horses

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It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Reply to National Union League

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln

A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on day

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I have never had a policy. I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on belief, existence, history, presidency, promises, purpose, and slavery

Broken campaign promises are as old as the Presidency itself. Here the "Great Emancipator" makes an inaugural pledge that history would sooner forget. "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: First Inaugural Address, 1861

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