Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the U.S. and an important figure during the Civil War. Here are some of his famous quotes.

  1. These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel.
  2. Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
  3. 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.
  4. The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
  5. You enquire where I now stand. That is a disputed point.
  6. We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
  7. Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest.
  8. I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
  9. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
  10. Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.
  11. I am a patient man — always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance; and also to give ample time for repentance. Still I must save this government if possible.
  12. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free —honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best, hope of earth.
  13. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
  14. Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
  15. When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact.
  16. If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
  17. America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
  18. I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.
  19. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
  20. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
  21. He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.
  22. He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.
  23. 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.
  24. I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise.
  25. 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 he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.
  26. I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
  27. I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
  28. If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.
  29. If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
  30. It's my experience that folks who have no vices have generally very few virtues.
  31. It is better to stay silent and let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
  32. Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
  33. Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
  34. My earlier views at the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.
  35. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
  36. No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.
  37. Perhaps a man's character is like a tree, and his reputation like its character: the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.
  38. What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.
  39. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
  40. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
  41. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.