Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on life and success

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed but I am bound to live the best life that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right and part from him when he goes wrong.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on america, anxiety, day, past, politicians, presidency, and world

Senator [Stephen] Douglas is of world-wide renown. All the anxious politicians of his party, or who have been of his party for years past, have been looking upon him as certainly, at no distant day, to be the President of the United States. They have seen in his round, jolly, fruitful face, post offices, land offices, marshalships, and cabinet appointments, chargeships and foreign missions, bursting and sprouting out in wonderful exuberance ready to be laid hold of by their greedy hands.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: speech at Springfield, Illinois, July 17, 1858.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on extremism, government, people, and virtue

While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: first inaugural address (final text), March 4, 1861.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on peace and popularity

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on cats, dogs, and religion

I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on fighting

When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on judgment

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: speech at the close of the Republican state convention, as candidate for US Senate, June 16, 1858.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on decisions, duty, faults, government, judgment, people, politics, purpose, questions, and resignation

If the policy of the government, upon vital questions affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, . . . the people will have ceased, to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal. Nor is there, in this view, any assault upon the court, or the judges. It is a duty, from which they may not shrink, to decide cases properly brought before them; and it is no fault of theirs, if others seek to turn their decisions to political purposes.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: first inaugural address (final text), March 4, 1861.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on friendship

I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground. (reply to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fledgling to its nest.)

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on constitution

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 27, 1856.

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