Abraham Lincoln


American Lawyer and Politician, 16th President of the United States

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Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.

There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.

The authors of that notable instrument [the Declaration of Independence] intended to include all men, but they did not intend to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral developments, or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness in what respects they did consider all men created equal--equal with "certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This they said and this they meant.

It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself.

I do not think much of a man who does not know more today than he did yesterday.

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

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.

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition ... I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed by my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

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

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all of the time.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

You must remember that some things that are legally right are not morally right.

Take all of this book upon reason that you can, and the balance, upon faith and you will live and die a better man.

When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say."

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.

The struggle of today is not altogether for today – it is for a vast future also.

The will of God prevails. In great contests, each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same things at the same time.

To be fruitful in invention, it is indispensable to have a habit of observation and reflection.

To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government.

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American Lawyer and Politician, 16th President of the United States