Abraham Lincoln Famous Thoughts

Abraham Lincoln Famous Thoughts

Abraham Lincoln Famous Thoughts

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

“Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

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

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

“A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

“A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

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

“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”

“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

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

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

“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.”

“The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.”

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

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

“Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.”

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”

“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”

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

“Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

“Avoid popularity if you would have peace.”

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”

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

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser than he was yesterday.”

“Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”

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

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

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

“Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.”

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

“If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.”

“I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.”

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

“Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good in the world.”

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

“What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

“Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.”

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.”

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.”

“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”

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

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

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