Abraham Lincoln is a true example of the American Dream.

A young guy from the province, born into a peasant family, was able to independently receive an education that raised him to the top of the political Olympus of the United States. His good preparation was not in vain. Perhaps the most difficult trials fell to his lot, but in every difficult situation he found the most worthy way out.

This is what his contemporaries respected him for. He is still considered one of the best orators in world history, because one of his speeches was enough to embody a new national idea. His associates called his unprecedented eloquence one of his main advantages.

Phrases worthy of textbooks on philosophy were born in his head almost every minute. This property of an incredibly talented president made it possible to end the civil war, begin the destruction of slavery, and also unite the States into a single state under a set of laws that suit all parties.

Most Popular Quotes of Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps the wise phrases of this president have immortalized him in the hearts of people. And the Abraham Lincoln Memorial is one of the most visited attractions in the United States.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will because we destroyed ourselves.”

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”

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

“A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.”

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”

“I desire to so conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”

“Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.”

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”

“For people who like that kind of a book that is the kind of book they will like.”

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

“All I ask for the negro is that if you do not like him, let him alone. If God gave him but little, that little let him enjoy.”

“I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

“Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”

“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”

“All I have learned, I learned from books.”

“The United States government must not undertake to run the Churches. When an individual, in the Church or out of it, becomes dangerous to the public interest he must be checked.”

“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”

Most interesting Quotes of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln quotes and sayings

Every word of this sage aroused interest in the eyes and flame in the hearts of the audience. The power of his phrases was so great that his speech could instantly reconcile two opposing sides.

“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.”

“The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.”

“And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.”

“The one victory we can ever call complete will be that one which proclaims that there is not one slave or one drunkard on the face of God’s green earth.”

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

“Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.”

“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.”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

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

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

“I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement I have the best of the bargain.”

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

Abraham Lincoln quotes for every day

He spoke so many aphorisms that you can find the right key for any situation. Try to learn a few quotes from this list to get a boost of wisdom.

“I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.”

“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.”

“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.”

“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.”

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.”

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

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

“My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

“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.”

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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.”

“Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.”

“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.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”

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

“I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.”

Prophetic quotes from Abraham Lincoln

Prophetic quotes from Abraham Lincoln

He foresaw time in many eternal values, foreshadowing many great events. Many people considered him a prophet, but he was only a very powerful political and social strategist.

“I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God bless the women of America!”

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

“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.”

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”

“If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.”

“You think slavery is right and should be extended; while we think slavery is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us.”

“Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent.”

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”

“I have a congenital aversion to failure.”

“How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

“I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization.”

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

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

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

“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 their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”

“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.”

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Abraham Lincoln quotes about life

He loved life and his nation very much, and therefore thought a lot about it. The financial greatness of the United States and many social standards were laid down by this great man, and his political ideas are still used today.

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

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

“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.”

“The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man’s course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle.”

“What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.”

“I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.”

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.”

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.

“If we have no friends, we have no pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them, and be doubly pained by the loss.”

“This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”

“If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.”

“What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?”

“Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”

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

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

“I distrust the wisdom if not the sincerity of friends who would hold my hands while my enemies stab me.”

Abraham Lincoln quotes popular during his lifetime

The 16th President of the United States encouraged his comrades-in-arms and caused the strongest awe among his enemies. They knew that they would have to face so much with a wise adversary who could balance even the most dangerous situation without firing a single shot by the power of his own word.

“I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer who remarked to a companion once that ‘it was not best to swap horses while crossing streams’.”

“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.”

“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.”

“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”

“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party – and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.”

“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”

“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.”

“Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.”

“A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home.”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

“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 up to what light I have.”

“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”

“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other thing.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”

The most profound quotes from Abraham Lincoln

Wise quotes from Abraham Lincoln

It is almost impossible to elevate him to the category of philosophers, because he never thought in terms of terminology and theories. And everything that was said to him in official speeches was often born directly on the podium.

“Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.”

“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.”

“Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.”

“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

“It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.”

“A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh — anything but work.”

“I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.”

“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 a man could look up into the sky and say there is no God.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”

“The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity.”

“In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement.”

“Everybody likes a compliment.”

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”

“No man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent. I say this is the leading principle–the sheet anchor of American republicanism.”

“My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

Final selection of quotes from Abraham Lincoln

Do not rush to forget the aphorisms of the great president. The power of his wisdom will allow you to get real inspiration, as well as give witty answers in difficult situations.

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

“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.”

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

“Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.”

“I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace.”

“Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.”

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.”

“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.”

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.”

Abraham Lincoln quotes

“Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good.”

“Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

“I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.”

“Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.”

Why Americans love the 16th president so much

Because such people are born once in history.

The second Abraham Lincoln is unlikely to be born in this world. Before his arrival in the presidency, the United States was just a handful of warring territories that did not understand basic democratic values.

Many of his quotes are also used by modern politicians, they like to use wise aphorisms to knock their opponents on the shoulder in debates. You can also become a wise person who settles disputes in your favor.

Read the quotes from Abraham Lincoln and learn what you really enjoy.