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Abraham Lincoln Quotes & Interesting Facts   




Abraham Lincoln Quotes & Interesting Facts   

Steven Hutchinson

Our 16th president is well known for ending slavery and keeping the nation together through the Civil War.


Did you also know?

  • He was the tallest president at 6’4”.

  • He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with a record of about 300 wins and only 1 loss.

  • The day before he died, he told his bodyguard that he dreamt he would be assassinated.

  • He created the Secret Service just hours before he was assassinated, although their original mission was only to combat counterfeiting and not protection.

  • Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth’s brother, Edwin Booth, saved the life of Lincoln’s son Robert just months before Lincoln’s death.

  • He often stored documents in his stove-piped hat.

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” 

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” 

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” 

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” 

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

“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.” 

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

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

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” 

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

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” 

“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.” 

“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” 

“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” 

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

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” 

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” 

“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 up to what light I have.” 

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

“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.” 

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” 

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” 

“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.” 

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” 

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

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” 

“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. ” 

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” 

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

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

“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.” 

“Achievement has no color” 

“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” 

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

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

“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” 

“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.” 

“I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.” 

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

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” 

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” 

“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.” 

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

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” 

“If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.” 

“Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.” 

“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. … that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” 

“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.” 

“Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.” 

“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, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” 

“If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work.” 

“Stand with anyone that is right; stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.” 

“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.” 

“Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” 

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” 

“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.” 

“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.” 

“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh -- anything but work.” 

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar” 

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

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

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” 

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

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

“All I have learned, I learned from books.” 

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

“Every man's happiness is his own responsibility.” 

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” 

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

“It's not me who can't keep a secret. It's the people I tell that can't.” 

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

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

“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” 

“You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” 

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” 

“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry” 

“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” 

“A house divided against itself cannot stand."

“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, and beer.” 

“The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.” 

“I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.”