Sayings of Lincoln


" The greatness of Napoleon, Caesar or Washington
is only moonlight by the sun of Lincoln.
His example is universal and will last thousands of years.... "

Leo Tolstoy


" Now his simple and weighty words will be gathered like those of Washington, and your children, and your children's, shall be taught to ponder the simplicity and deep wisdom of utterances which in their time, passed, in party heat, as idle words "

Henry Ward Beecher



" He raised the wisecrack to the level of scripture. "

B.A. Botkin



A poem Lincoln wrote as a schoolboy

Abraham Lincoln
his hand and pen
he will be good
but God knows when.

I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it.

Whether it be true or no, I can say for one that I have no other ambition so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed.

Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!-- All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms, until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.

You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect, and defend it.

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

As a nation of freemen we must live through all tiems or die by suicide.

If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.

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

God must love the common man, he made so many of them.

Marriage is neither heaven or hell, it is simply purgatory.

I have found that most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

... Let us have faith that right mades might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.

We cannot have free government without elections. If the rebellion should force us to forgo or postpone a national election, it imght fairly be said to have already conquered and ruined us.

I have found that when one is embarrassed, usually the shortest way to get through with it is to quit talking.....

If I had two faces would I be wearing this one

This is not a very good looking picture (speaking of one of himself) but it is the best that could be produced from the poor subject.

I happen temporarily, to occupy this White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has.

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

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