Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

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

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.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Lincoln's First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.

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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 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.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on business, confidence, country, friendship, losing, nations, people, thought, wives, and women

I think very much of the people, as an old friend said he thought of woman. He said when he lost his first wife, who had been a great help to him in his business, he thought he was ruined - that he could never find another to fill her place. At length, however, he married another, who he found did quite as well as the first, and that his opinion now was that any woman would do well who was well done by. So I think of the whole people of this nation - they will ever do well if well done by. We will try to do well by them in all parts of the country, North and South, with entire confidence that all will be well with all of us.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: remarks at as president-elect Bloomington, Illinois, November 21, 1860.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on day, god, and immortality

Surely God would not have created such a being as man . . . to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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