Great Abraham Lincoln Quotes

As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.


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


I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.


You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm.


I am not in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office.


I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that “it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.”


I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.


I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement I have the best of the bargain.


I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.


Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.


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.


War, at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible.


I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has.


At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.


With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.


The Almighty has His own purposes.


If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.


Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.


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.


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


Four score 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.


And then, the negro being doomed, and damned, and forgotten, to everlasting bondage, is the white man quite certain that the tyrant demon will not turn upon him too?


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.


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


The ballot is stronger than the bullet.


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.


Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought


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.


I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free.