Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on day, death, and laughter

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on laws

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The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln

I do not think much of a man who does not know more today than he did yesterday.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on action, charity, community, government, individuality, justice, men, nature, needs, people, schools, separation, and variety

The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all in their separate and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere. The desirable things which the individuals of a people can not do, or can not well do, for themselves, fall into two classes: those which have relation to wrongs, and those which have not. Each of these branch off into an infinite variety of subdivisions. The first - that in relation to wrongs - embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and nonperformance of contracts. The other embraces all which, in its nature, and without wrong, requires combined action, as public roads and highways, public schools, charities, pauperism, orphanage, estates of the deceased, and the machinery of government itself. From this it appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need for government.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: fragment on government (July 1, 1854?)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on doubt, hope, liberty, and men

I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal. .

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 1858

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on belief, good, and laughter

I have always believed that a good laugh was good for both the mental and physical digestion.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on good, government, heaven, labor, security, and world

In the early days of the world, the Almighty said to the first of our race "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread"; and since then, if we except the light and the air of heaven, no good thing has been, or can be enjoyed by us, without having first cost labour. And inasmuch [as] most good things are produced by labour, it follows that [all] such things of right belong to those whose labour has produced them. But it has so happened in all ages of the world, that some have labored, and others have, without labour, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To [secure] to each laborer the whole product of his labour, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: fragments of a tariff discussion, December 1, 1847?,

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on beginning, god, hope, ideas, inspiration, labor, men, mind, principles, and work

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 (1809 - 1865)

Source: speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 1858.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on good, government, labor, and security

To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on assumptions, existence, independence, labor, slavery, superiority, and work

It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital; that nobody labors unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow by the use of it, induces him to labor. This assumed, it is next considered whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their consent. Having proceeded so far, it is naturally concluded that all laborers are either hired laborers or what we call slaves. Now, there is no such relation between capital and labor as here assumed . . . . Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: first annual message to Congress, December 3, 1861

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