Great Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.

Slavery is founded on the selfishness of man’s nature – opposition to it on his love of justice. These principles are in eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.

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

If you love something, set it free.

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.

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

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Anybody will do for you, but not for me.

Sir, 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.

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.

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

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.

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

When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that ‘a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.’

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

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

I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.

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

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

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

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

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

You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.

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

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.