Best quotes by the American President Abraham Lincoln

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
  • Happiness

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

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
  • destroy

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.
  • Feelings



And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
  • Life

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
  • Character

Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
  • inspirational

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

I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.
  • Progress

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm
  • success

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.
  • inspirational

Example is not the main thing in influencing other people; it's the only thing.
  • influencing

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

Whatever you are, be a good one.
  • Greatness

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

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
  • Recognition

People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
  • Enjoyment

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

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

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

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.
  • attractiveness

I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.
  • Persistence

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

I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.
  • Danger

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.
  • Time

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

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

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.
  • Dogs

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

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
  • Growth


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Example is not the main thing in influencing other people; it's the only thing.
  • influencing

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.
  • attractiveness

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

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
  • amending

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
  • people

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
  • congress

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 the time.
  • fool

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
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The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
  • best

I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
  • best

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
  • bad

In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.
  • alike

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

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
  • dreams

The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
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It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.
  • courage

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
  • criticize

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
  • amending

Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
  • anybody

With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
  • bind

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.
  • anybody

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
  • anywhere

To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
  • ballots

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Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.
  • Time

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."
  • another

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

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 the time.
  • fool

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
  • dreams

The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
  • best

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I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
  • destroy

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

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
  • Friends

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
  • abe

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.
  • Friends

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.
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I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
  • Planning

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

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.
  • Work

And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.
  • inspirational



You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you cant fool all of the people all the time.

The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
  • Reality

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
  • Reading

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.
  • labor

The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.
  • Enemy

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

I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.
  • Crying

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

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
  • Mercy

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
  • Peace

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
  • Silence

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
  • Virtue

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
  • best

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
  • Determination

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

Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence.
  • Freedom

If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
  • Talent

Whenever I hear any one, arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
  • Character

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
  • Progress

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
  • criticize

Every person is responsible for his own looks after 40.
  • Appearance

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

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

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
  • Laughter

I cannot imaging anyone looking at the sky and denying God.
  • Nature

Everybody likes a compliment.
  • Praise

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.
  • Choice

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

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
  • Mother

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
  • Mother

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.
  • Actions

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
  • DeceptionLying

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
  • Democracy

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

Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.
  • Freedom

With high hope for the future, no prediction is ventured.
  • Hope

If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend.
  • Persuasion

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.
  • Promises

Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
  • Worry

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
  • happiness

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

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
  • blood

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
  • perseverance

We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.

He said that he felt like the boy that stumped his toe,it hurt too bad to laugh, and he was too big to cry.

The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society.

Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
  • Communication

What is conservatism? It is not adherence to the old and tried, but against the new and untried?
  • Conservatism

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
  • Friends

God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
  • Humanity

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
  • Tact

Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.
  • Truth

Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward and give us victories.
  • Victory

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

Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest.
  • Will

My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it.
  • Work

Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.
  • ability

The Lord prefers common looking people. That is why he made so many of them.
  • Appearance

These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.
  • Capitalism

What I do say is that no man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
  • Control

He who molds the public sentiment... makes statues and decisions possible or impossible to make.
  • Emotions

Military glory --the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
  • Glory

I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace.
  • Horses

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
  • Marriage

Seriously, I do not think I fit for the presidency.
  • Self

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
  • Slavery

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
  • Voting

I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
  • best

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
  • Ambition

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
  • Coffee

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

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
  • Control

He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.
  • Crime

A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.
  • Law

I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.
  • Persistence

The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
  • Progress

What kills the skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
  • Publicity

Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.
  • Work

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
  • bad

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
  • anything

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.
  • books

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
  • benevolence

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
  • abe

What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way.

As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
  • Actions

I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
  • Communication

...Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
  • Democracy

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
  • Face

Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
  • Genius

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.
  • God

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
  • Judging

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
  • Justice

When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
  • Listening

Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.
  • Politics

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

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
  • bad

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

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."
  • another

Has it popular sovereignty not got down as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death?

Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?

I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.

To give the victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.

Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.
  • Communication

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.
  • Death

Fourscore 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.
  • Equality

Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
  • Faith

Public sentiment is everything, with it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed.
  • Leadership

Must a government be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence?
  • Power

Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.
  • Voting

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.

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

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
  • pet

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

With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
  • fail


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