February 17, 2010

Quotables: Abraham Lincoln

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

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

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

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

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

"Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets."

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

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

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

"Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them."

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

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.

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

"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."

"How many legs does a dog have if you say the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it so."

"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."

"Let not him who is homeless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."

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

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

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

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

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

"I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause."

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

"I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."

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

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

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

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

"Knavery and flattery are blood relations."

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

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

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

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

"Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this."

"Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar."

"The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them."

"Whatever you are, be a good one."

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

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

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

"You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

-Abraham "Honest Abe" Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, 1861-1865

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