Abraham Lincoln

  • American president
  • Born February 12, 1809
  • Died April 15, 1865

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy. Born in Kentucky, Lincoln grew up on the frontier in a poor family.

The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.

If you think you can slander a woman into loving you, or a man into voting for you, try it till you are satisfied.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

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.

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in.

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

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

Don't swap horses in crossing a stream.

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

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

To the best of my judgment, I have labored for, and not against, the Union. As I have not felt, so I have not expressed any harsh sentiment towards our Southern brethren. I have constantly declared, as I really believed, the only difference between them and us is the difference of circumstances.

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

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.

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

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.

Concede that the new government of Louisiana is only to what it should be, as the egg is to the fowl; we shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.

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

Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech.

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.

We think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. We know the court that made it has often overruled its own decisions, and we shall do what we can to have it overrule this.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.

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

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

I learned a great many years ago that in a fight between husband and wife, a third party should never get between the woman's skillet and the man's ax-helve.

No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.

I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life.

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

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.