Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on consequences, control, dogs, self-control, temper, time, yielding, and path

Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiation of his temper and loss of self-control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on confession and control

I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: "Letter to Albert G. Hodges," April 4, 1864

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on death and popularity

Has it [popular sovereignty] not got down as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death?

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: response in the sixth debate with Senator Stephen A. Douglas, October 13, 1858.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on experience and vices

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on acceptance, nations, survival, and war

Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on books, war, and women

So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: on meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on women

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A woman is the only thing that I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on character and reputation

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on blessings, camping, citizenship, courage, day, desires, freedom, generations, god, harmony, health, humanity, humility, inspiration, labor, life, men, nations, observation, peace, population, posterity, praise, resolution, r

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, . . . to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps, and our sailors on the rivers and seas, with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while he has opened to us new sources of wealth, and has corned* the labor of our working-men in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, he has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial . . . into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity. . . . Now, therefore, I . . . do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations. *preserved

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Proclamation of Thanksgiving, Address, October 3, 1863

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