Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on best friend, books, and friendship

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on conflict, expectation, god, judgment, justice, men, purpose, and war

Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on angels and business

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. 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's 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 (1809 - 1865)

Source: The Inner Life of Abraham Lincoln: Six Months at the White House by Francis B. Carpenter

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on books, communication, gifts, god, good, and world

In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: "Reply to Loyal Colored People of Baltimore upon Presentation of a Bible," September 7, 1864

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on books, careers, existence, gifts, god, men, nobility, prose, and world

The best gift God has given man is the Bible. It is by all odds the most influential book (or rather collection of books) in existence. The Old and New Testaments have held men together spiritually through the centuries. Three hundred and fifty years ago, in 1611, fifty four devoted English scholars and churchmen, assigned to the task by King James I , gave to the English speaking world a monument of noble prose, on which so many of us have been brought up. The Bible has been translated into more than 1,150 languages. In short, the Bible has had the most dramatic career of any book in the world.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on god and planning

I think that God means that we shall do more than we have yet done in furtherance of his plans and he will open the way for our doing it.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on children, college, constitution, country, fatherhood, honor, independence, justice, laws, liberty, life, motherhood, nations, politics, posterity, prosperity, religion, revolution, sacred, schools, and support

Let every lover of liberty, every well-wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the revolution never to violate, in the least particular, the laws of the country and never to tolerate their violation by others. As the patriots of '76 did to the support of the declaration of independence, so to the support of the constitution and laws, let every American pledge his life, his prosperity and his sacred honor. Let every man remember that to violate the laws is to trample on the blood of his fathers and to tear the charter of his own and his children's liberty. Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap. Let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in the legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. In short, let it become the political religion of the nation.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Words to remember, newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection

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