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Best Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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    The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. Abraham Lincoln

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    In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it. Abraham Lincoln

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    Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy. Abraham Lincoln

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    Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. Abraham Lincoln

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    Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. Abraham Lincoln

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    I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so Abraham Lincoln

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    All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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    If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln

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    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. Abraham Lincoln

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

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    No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. Abraham Lincoln

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    Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way. Abraham Lincoln

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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. Abraham Lincoln

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    I dream of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln

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    The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty. Abraham Lincoln

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    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 may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance. Abraham Lincoln

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    If elected I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same. Abraham Lincoln

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    The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend. Abraham Lincoln

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    People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like. Abraham Lincoln

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    When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. Abraham Lincoln

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    I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. Abraham Lincoln

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    We know nothing of what will happen in future, but by the analogy of experience. Abraham Lincoln

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    Every man over forty is responsible for his face. Abraham Lincoln

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    If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? Abraham Lincoln

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    My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln

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    Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln

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    All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln

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

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    When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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    Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln

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    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. Abraham Lincoln

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    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. Abraham Lincoln

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

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    Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence. Abraham Lincoln

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    I desire to so conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. Abraham Lincoln

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    I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln

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    A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gal. So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason. Abraham Lincoln

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    Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln

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

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    Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals. Abraham Lincoln

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    Towering genius disdains a beaten path. Abraham Lincoln

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    Military glory --the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood. Abraham Lincoln

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    It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him. Abraham Lincoln

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    A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln

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    Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

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    A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

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