Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

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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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on good, justice, labor, liberty, men, names, people, tyranny, and world

The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: address at sanitary fair, Baltimore, Maryland, April 18, 1864

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on government, justice, men, and needs

If all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of government.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on defense, government, loyalty, presidency, principles, war, and words

There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration. Attributed to Representative Abraham Lincoln. by W. T. Roche, address at Washington, Kansas, April 9, 1942: "These words were spoken by Lincoln, then a Congressman, in defense of his condemnation of President Polk for provoking the Mexican War."

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Congressional Record, April 15, 1942, vol. 88, Appendix, p. A1493.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on concern

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I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on good

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I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on heart and sorrow

We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: last public address, three weeks before second inaugural address, April 11, 1865.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on happiness, justice, and people

People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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