Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

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 agreement, citizenship, government, happiness, men, reason, and present

I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, that the working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous, and as you added that those were the sentiments of the gentlemen present, representing not only the working class, but citizens of other callings than those of the mechanic, I am happy to concur with you in these sentiments, not only of the native born citizens, but also of the Germans and foreigners from other countries.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: speech to Germans at Cincinnati, Ohio, February 12, 1861

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln

A jury too often has at least one member who is more ready to hang the panel than the traitor.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on achievement, authors, charity, god, justice, nations, peace, and work

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations. "Both the Gettysburg address and the Second Inaugural Address mark the height of Lincoln's eloquence. The London Times called the latter the most sublime state paper of the century. Exactly two months later it was read over its author's grave." - Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, new and enl. ed., ed. John G. Nicolay and John Hay, vol. 9, p. 44, footnote (1905). An excerpt appears on a plaque on the Veterans Administration building in Washington, D.C.: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan."

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Second Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1865

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on laws

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There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum,of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on confidence, hope, justice, patience, people, and world

Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on agreement, confusion, country, justice, and time

The story of a jackass Lincoln owned as a young man: The case of that jackass was most singular. When everything was pleasant all around he would kick the worst. When his rack was fullest and his stall fixed with new straw and everything real comfortable, that jackass would start in on the almightiest spell of kicking that was ever seen. All the veterinary surgeons in the neighborhood came and tried to find out just what made the critter kick so. They never could agree about it. One thing we all noticed was that he always brayed and kicked at the same time. Sometimes he would bray first and then kick, but other times he would kick first and then bray, so that confused us, and nobody in that whole country was ever able to find out whether that jackass was braying at his own kick or kicking at his own brays.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Campaign for Congress, Sangamon, Illinois, 1854

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on belief, government, and slavery

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 (1809 - 1865)

Source: Lincoln's 'House-Divided' Speech in Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on action and nature

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on hypocrisy, mercy, murder, and parenthood

Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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