Abraham Lincoln Love quotes and Sayings
#2 Robert Greene, Jost Elfers, The 48 Laws of Power
2. “Why, madam,” Lincoln replied, “do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
3. To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.
4. Here in my heart, my happiness, my house.
Here inside the lighted window is my love, my hope, my life.
Peace is my companion on the pathway winding to the threshold.
Inside this portal dwells new strength in the security, serenity, and radiance of those I love above life itself.
Here two will build new dreams – dreams that tomorrow will come true.
The world over, these are the thoughts at eventide when footsteps turn ever homeward.
In the haven of the hearthside is rest and peace and comfort.
5. Love is the chain whereby to lock a child to its parent.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Sayings from Abraham Lincoln
#1 Josiah G. Holland: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1866, p. 23
1. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
#2 Letter to William H. Herndon, opposing the Mexican-American War, 15 February 1848
2. Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
#3 Letter to Isham Reavis, 5 November 1855
3. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
#4 The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953), p. 532
4. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
5. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
#6 Noah Brooks: Lincoln’s Imagination”, in Scribner’s Monthly, August 1879, p. 586
6. Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
7. Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
8. Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
#9 The Gettysburg Address, 1863
9. 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.
#10 The Baptist Teacher for Sunday-school Workers : Vol. 36 (August 1905), p. 483. The portion beginning with “stand with anybody…” is from the 16 October 1854 Peoria speech
10. 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.
11. I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
12. 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.
13. If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
14. If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
15. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
16. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
#17 Alfred Fletcher Conard: Costs of Administering Reparation for Work Injuries in Illinois, 1952, p. 28
17. I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.
#18 Orison Marden: How to Get What You Want, 1917
18. Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
#19 Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life … The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 3
19. When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.
20. Whatever you are, be a good one.
21. 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.
22. If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. 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.
23. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
24. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
25. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
26. I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
27. Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.
28. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
#29 Noah Brooks, scribe for the Sacramento Union, writing in the Harper’s Weekly for July 1865
29. 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 insufficient for that day.
#30 Ida Tarbell: The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1896
30. I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
31. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
32. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
33. You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.
34. The best way to predict your future is to create it.
35. 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.
36. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
37. The worst thing you can do for anyone you care about is anything that they can do on their own.
38. Live a good life. In the end it is not the years in a life, but the life in the years.
39. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
40. A tendency to melancholy … let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.
41. 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.
#42 Speech in the House of Representatives, 20 June 1848
42. Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
43. Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
44. Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
45. Life is hard but so very beautiful.
46. 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.
47. That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
48. Rules of living
Don’t worry, eat three square meals a day,say your prayers, be courteous to your creditors, keep your digestion good,steer clear of biliousness,exercise, go slow and go easy. May be there are other things that your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these, i reckon, will give you a good life.
49. I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch any thing on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out.
50. I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
51. I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
52. To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.
53. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
#54 Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington, 17 March 1865
54. I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
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