Abraham Lincoln quotes tackled slavery and how he felt that it was a crime to mankind. He strongly believed that all men were created equal and as President fought for the freedom of all people living in the United States of America. He would often speak privately and publicly about this issue. He is considered America’s greatest President while George Washington was the first but both men are highly regarded.
Abraham Lincoln was the President of the U.S.A. when it fought the great civil war of the 1860s. He was assassinated in 1865 and was considered one of the greatest presidents if not the greatest in American history. He led America through is bloodiest war as he sought to reform its constitution and its morals in regard to freedom. It is said he drew inspiration from men like Thomas Jefferson who dies when Lincoln was 17 years old. Below are a list of quotes that came from the lips of the man himself.
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”
“I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down."
"Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.”
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”
“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”
“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.”
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.”
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.”
“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh -- anything but work.”
“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
“It's not me who can't keep a secret. It's the people I tell that can't.”
“In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once.”
“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”
“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”
“You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.”
“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.”
“I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.”
“The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.”
“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us
“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.”
"As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy."
Abraham Lincoln died for what he believed in and though he has passed, his legacy lives on in the many remarks he made during his lifetime. Many of his speeches have been documented in quotes and other ways. The Lincoln Memorial is named after him and is the place where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech. To those who are into the rich history of men like Lincoln and what he stood for, you can find inspiration in his many quotes here.