Great Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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.


What are you gonna do for a face when the baboon wants his ass back?


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


I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.


Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.


All I have learned, I learned from books.


Upon the subject of education … I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.


I am absent altogether too much to be a suitable instructor for a law-student. When a man has reached the age that Mr Winder has, and has already been doing for himself, my judgment is, that he reads the books for himself without an instructor. That is precisely the way I came to the law.


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


I told myself, “Lincoln, you can never make a lawyer if you do not understand what demonstrate means.” So I left my situation in Springfield, went home to my father’s house, and stayed there till I could give any proposition in the six books of Euclid at sight. I then found out what “demonstrate” means, and went back to my law studies.


Every head should be cultivated.


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


The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.


We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.


President Lincoln was once criticized for his attitude toward his enemies. “Why do you try to make friends of them?” asked an associate. “You should try to destroy them.” “Am I not destroying my enemies,” Lincoln gently replied, “when I make them my friends?”


If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.


I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.


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


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


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


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.


The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.


If friendship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.


A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall. 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.


When I got him out he was near froze solid and shivering. He was shaking so hard that I wasted half a glass of whiskey trying to aim it for his mouth. Must have got enough of it into him, though, since it did seem to bring him back to life.


Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.


The ballot is stronger than the bullet.


The Democracy of to-day hold the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing, when in conflict with another mans right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar; but in cases of conflict, the man before the dollar.


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.


No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.