Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Love and Sayings
#1 Lincoln Home, National Historic Site, Virtual Musuem Exhibit
1. My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I, a poor nobody then, fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.
#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 Quoted here
3. It is my pleasure that my children are free – happy and unrestrained by parental tyranny. 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.
Abraham Lincoln Sayings
#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 Quoted in Mr. Lincoln White House
5. All through life, be sure and put your feet in the right place, and 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 Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
7. Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser–in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
#8 Abraham Lincoln in: Catherine Zeeb Beginnings: A New Perspective: Life Is Not about the Beginning Or the Ending. It is about the Present Moment, Xlibris Corporation, 12 May 2010, p. 94.
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 Letter to Joseph Gillespie, 13 July 1849
11. The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
#12-13 Letter to Fanny McCullough, 23 December 1862
12. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it.
13. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once.
#14 Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington, 17 March 1865
14. 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.
#15 Alfred Fletcher Conard: Costs of Administering Reparation for Work Injuries in Illinois, 1952, p. 28
15. I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.
#16 Orison Marden: How to Get What You Want, 1917
16. Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
#17 Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life … The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 3
17. When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.
#18 Speech at Clinton, IL, September 8, 1854
18. 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.
#19 Noah Brooks, scribe for the Sacramento Union, writing in the Harper’s Weekly for July 1865
19. 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.
#20 Ida Tarbell: The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1896
20. I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
#21 Speech of the Sub-Treasury, 1839
21. The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.
#22 Speech in the House of Representatives, 20 June 1848
22. Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
#23 Letter to George Latham, Springfield, Ills. July 22, 1860
23. Again I say let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
#24 Debates with incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas in the race for Illinois Senate seat in the 1858 election
24. That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
#25 Letter to Allen N. Ford, 11 August 1846
25. I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.
#26 Letter to William H Herndon, 10 July 1848
26. The way for a young man to rise, is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that any body wishes to hinder him.
#27 Fragment on slavery, 1 April 1854?
27. You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter, having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with a fairer skin than your own. You do not mean color exactly? You mean the whites are intellectually the superiors of the blacks, and, therefore have the right to enslave them? Take care again. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with an intellect superior to your own.
#28-29 Reply to New York Workingmen’s Democratic Republican Association, 21 March 1864
28. The strongest bond of human sympathy, outside of the family relation, should be one uniting all working people, of all nations, and tongues, and kindreds.
29. Property is the fruit of labor–property is desirable–is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
#30 Letter to Edwin Stanton, 14 July 1864
30. Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.