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Lincoln Movie Quotes

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"Lincoln" movie quotes give an inside look at the historical events surrounding the abolition of slavery and the end of the American Civil War, both of which had main character President Abraham Lincoln at their core. The 2012 biographical war film was adapted from the book "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin into a screenplay by Tony Kushner and directed by the great Steven Spielberg. The film was given a release date of November 9, 2012, which is also the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

In "Lincoln," Academy Award-winner Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the title character in the last few months of his life. Despite being in the heat of the American Civil War, Lincoln was beloved by his people yet still had a great deal of work to do in order to end slavery and lead the Union to a victory that ended the war. "Lincoln" examines the work President Lincoln had to put in to accomplish those things, including the struggles with those who opposed him, the compromises with those with other priorities and those who stood by Lincoln every step of the way.

The impressive cast of "Lincoln" includes Sally Field as First Ladt Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Radical Republican Congressional Leader Thaddeus Stevens, David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward, Jared Harris as Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, Hal Holbrook as Francis Preston Blair and John Hawkes as Colonel Robert Latham.

Though touted as nothing short of a masterpiece, this historical drama film deals with very serious issues in very tense times. For something a bit different, instead check out "Flight," "This Must Be the Place," "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D," "Chasing Mavericks," "Alex Cross," "Smashed," "Sinister," "Seven Psychopaths," "Argo," "Here Comes the Boom," "The Paperboy," "Taken 2," "Frankenweenie," and "Looper."
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    President Lincoln Has Asked Us

    Radical Republican Congressional leader Thaddeus Stevens: "Abraham Lincoln has asked us to work with him to accomplish the death of slavery."


    Though Radical Republican Congressional leader Thaddeus Stevens was all for the abolition of slavery, he did have his doubts about what President Lincoln would have to sacrifice to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, something that made Stevens' efforts to convince his party to support the bill difficult.
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    Seeking a Negotiated Peace

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    Francis Preston Blair: "We can't tell our people they can vote yes on abolishing slavery less at the same time we can tell em that you're seeking a negotiated peace."


    Though Francis Preston Blair was quite the influential Republican at the time and in favor of ending the Civil War, he was also honest about his capabilities, including wanting reassurance from President Lincoln that peace would come if his party voted to abolish slavery.
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    Fitted to the Times We're Born Into

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    Abraham Lincoln: "Can we choose to be born? Are we fitted to the times we're born into? We begin with equality, that's the origin isn't it? That's justice. See we've shown that a people can endure awful sacrifice and yet cohere."


    Abraham Lincoln ponders life in general, specifically if we are born destined to impact the times we're born into and the origins of equality.
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    Don't Waste That Power

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    First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln: "No one's ever been loved so much by the people. Don't waste that power."


    Always there to support him, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln reassures President Lincoln that he has a incredible opportunity to do great things for his country and should not let that chance go to waste.
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