Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

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 life

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And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on destruction, enemies, friendship, and presidency

When someone asked Abraham Lincoln, after he was elected president, what he was going to do about his enemies, he replied, "I am going to destroy them. I am going to make them my friends."

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Unverified.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on army, books, life, presidency, and soldiers

I could as easily bail out the Potomac River with a teaspoon as attend to all the details of the army. Attributed to President Abraham Lincoln by General James B. Fry.-Allen Thorndike Rice, Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln, chapter 22, p. 393 (1886). This supposedly had been part of Lincoln's response to a young volunteer soldier who had come to Lincoln's office asking his help with a grievance. The story has been repeated in numerous books on Lincoln: Alexander K. McClure, "Abe" Lincoln's Yarns and Stories, p. 162 (1904); Ida M. Tarbell, The Life of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 153 (1917); and Caroline T. Harnsberger, The Lincoln Treasury, p. 14 (1950).

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Attributed to President Abraham Lincoln by General James B. Fry.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on action and ignorance

Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: quoting from Goethe

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on losing and time

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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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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