Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

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.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on force and life

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Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on bravery, circumstances, danger, delay, discipline, enemies, failure, fighting, friendship, impulses, mistakes, nations, victory, and work

Our cause, then, must be intrusted to, and conducted by, its own undoubted friends - those whose hands are free, whose hearts are in the work - who do care for the result. Two years ago the Republicans of the nation mustered over thirteen hundred thousand strong. We did this under the single impulse of resistance to a common danger, with every external circumstance against us. Of strange, discordant, and even, hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud, and pampered enemy. Did we brave all then to falter now? - now when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered, and belligerent? The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail - if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise councils may accelerate or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: speech at Republican state convention as US Senate candidate from IL, June 16, 1858

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on day, future, and time

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on hell, ideas, and justice

I had been told I was on the road to hell, but I had no idea it was just a mile down the road with a dome on it.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on government and struggle

I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: response to a serenade, October 19, 1864.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on chance and good

If we do not make common cause to save the good ship of the Union on this voyage, nobody will have a chance to pilot her on another voyage.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on dogs

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How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln

To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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