190+ Best Abraham Lincoln Quotes Of All Time

Abraham Lincoln’s quotes and sayings are the best way to know the thoughts of an American political hero.

190+ Best Abraham Lincoln Quotes Of All Time

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, successfully abolished slavery, conserved the Union, and modernized the US economy. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War; his leadership during the greatest moral, cultural, constitutional, and political crisis was remarkable.

Abraham Lincoln has a prominent place in American leadership history, every year, on the 3rd Monday of February, people celebrate President’s Day in his honor.

President Abraham Lincoln Famous Quotes

Here, we have 200 famous quotes of Abraham Lincoln about his country, freedom, motivation, success, and wisdom that you’ll definitely enjoy reading. So, let’s start exploring the ideal sayings.

  1. “A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet.” — Abraham Lincoln
  2. “Your rights end where my nose begins.” — Abraham Lincoln
  3.  “There is no greater injustice than to wring your profits from the sweat of another man’s brow.” — Abraham Lincoln
  4.  “If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.” — Abraham Lincoln
  5. “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”— Abraham Lincoln
  6. “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” — Abraham
  7. “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” — Abraham Lincoln
  8. “Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.” — Abraham Lincoln
  9. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln
  10. “That 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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  11. “Next to creating a life the finest thing a man can do is save one.” — Abraham Lincoln
  12. “Democracy is “government of, by and for the people”.”— Abraham Lincoln
  13. “Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln
  14. “Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.” — Abraham Lincoln
  15. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  16.  “We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  17. “Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies.” — Abraham Lincoln
  18. “When arguing with a fool, make sure the opponent isn’t doing the exact same thing.” — Abraham Lincoln
  19. “If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” — Abraham Lincoln
  20. “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” — Abraham Lincoln
  21. “Laws change; people die; the land remains.” — Abraham Lincoln
  22. “God bless the soldiers and seamen, with all their brave commanders.” — Abraham Lincoln
  23. “Human-nature will not change.” — Abraham Lincoln
  24. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” — Abraham Lincoln
  25.  “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” — Abraham Lincoln
  26. “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” — Abraham Lincoln
  27. “Every person is responsible for his own looks after 40.” — Abraham Lincoln
  28. “It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.” — Abraham Lincoln
  29. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  30. “Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.” — Abraham Lincoln
  31. “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” — Abraham Lincoln
  32. “Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words.” — Abraham Lincoln
  33. “The written word may be man’s greatest invention. It allows us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn.” — Abraham Lincoln
  34. “Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.” — Abraham Lincoln
  35. “The land-grant university system is being built on behalf of the people, who have invested in these public universities their hopes, their support, and their confidence.” — Abraham Lincoln
  36. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
  37. “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” — Abraham Lincoln
  38. “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” — Abraham Lincoln
  39. “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” — Abraham Lincoln
  40. “I am an optimist because I don’t see the point in being anything else.” — Abraham Lincoln
  41. “Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.” — Abraham Lincoln
  42. “Think of strangers as friends you not met yet.” — Abraham Lincoln
  43. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln
  44. “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” — Abraham Lincoln
  45. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln
  46. “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  47. “The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.” — Abraham Lincoln
  48. “I see a very dark cloud on America’s horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome.” — Abraham Lincoln
  49.  “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.” — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Quotes About Country& Freedom

  1. “The Constitution is not a suicide pact.” — Abraham Lincoln
  2. “Public opinion in this country is everything.” — Abraham Lincoln
  3. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” — Abraham Lincoln
  4. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” — Abraham Lincoln
  5. “I am not concerned that you have fallen – I am concerned that you arise.” — Abraham Lincoln
  6. “Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both.” — Abraham Lincoln
  7. “It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power.” — Abraham Lincoln
  8. “The world is agreed that labor is the source from which human wants are mainly supplied. There is no dispute upon this point.” — Abraham Lincoln
  9. “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” — Abraham Lincoln
  10. “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” — Abraham Lincoln
  11. “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here so nobly advanced.” — Abraham Lincoln
  12.  “Your organization will take on the personality of its top leaders.” — Abraham Lincoln
  13.  “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  14. “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.” — Abraham Lincoln
  15. “There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.” — Abraham Lincoln
  16. “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” — Abraham Lincoln
  17. “I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe.” — Abraham Lincoln
  18. “The US patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things.” — Abraham Lincoln
  19. “With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” — Abraham Lincoln
  20. “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” — Abraham Lincoln
  21. “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 will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” — Abraham Lincoln
  22. “These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.” — Abraham Lincoln
  23. “Thus, let bygones be bygones. Let past differences, as nothing be.” — Abraham Lincoln
  24. “Shall we stop this bleeding?” — Abraham Lincoln
  25. “Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?” — Abraham Lincoln
  26. “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” — Abraham Lincoln
  27. “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail, a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” — Abraham Lincoln
  28. “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” — Abraham Lincoln
  29. “I sincerely wish war was a pleasanter and easier business than it is, but it does not admit of holidays.” — Abraham Lincoln
  30. “We cannot escape history.” — Abraham Lincoln
  31. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  32.  “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” — Abraham Lincoln
  33. “A man’s legs must be long enough to reach the ground.” — Abraham Lincoln
  34.  “A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.” — Abraham Lincoln
  35. “As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?” — Abraham Lincoln
  36. “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” — Abraham Lincoln
  37. “History is not history unless it is the truth.” — Abraham Lincoln
  38. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  39. “It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness…” — Abraham Lincoln
  40. “If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  41. “Honor is better than honors.” — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Quotes About Motivation

  1. “Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.” — Abraham Lincoln
  2. “I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace.” — Abraham Lincoln
  3. “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” — Abraham Lincoln
  4. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln
  5. “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” — Abraham Lincoln
  6. “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision.” — Abraham Lincoln
  7. 250. “Let’s have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  8. “Everybody likes a compliment.” — Abraham Lincoln
  9. “You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.” — Abraham Lincoln
  10.  “No man ever got lost on a straight road.” — Abraham Lincoln
  11. “You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough.” — Abraham Lincoln
  12. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  13. “The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.” — Abraham Lincoln
  14. “I will learn, the opportunity will come.” — Abraham Lincoln
  15. “In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible, except with the passing of time.” — Abraham Lincoln
  16.  “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  17. “When you make it to the top, turn and reach down for the person behind you.” — Abraham Lincoln
  18. “I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won’t matter. If I’m wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won’t make a difference.” — Abraham Lincoln
  19. “The will of God prevails.”— Abraham Lincoln
  20.  “It has been said of the world’s history hitherto that might make right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.” — Abraham Lincoln
  21. “Life is hard but so very beautiful.” — Abraham Lincoln
  22. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” — Abraham Lincoln
  23. “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” — Abraham Lincoln
  24. “Through their deeds, the dead of battle have spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could. But we can only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they gave a last full measure of devotion.” — Abraham Lincoln
  25. “I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.” — Abraham Lincoln
  26. “We cannot but believe that He who made the world still governs it.— Abraham Lincoln
  27.  “The surest way to reveal one’s character is not through adversity but by giving them power.” — Abraham Lincoln
  28. “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” — Abraham Lincoln
  29. “It is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln
  30. “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” — Abraham Lincoln
  31. “Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.” — Abraham Lincoln
  32.  “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” — Abraham Lincoln
  33. “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.” — Abraham Lincoln
  34. “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” — Abraham Lincoln
  35.  “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” — Abraham Lincoln
  36. “The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.” — Abraham Lincoln
  37. “It is much easier to ride a horse in the direction it is going.” — Abraham Lincoln
  38. “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  39. “All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.” — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Quotes About Success & Wisdom

  1. “Work, work, work, is the main thing.” — Abraham Lincoln
  2. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all those others can achieve it as well.” — Abraham Lincoln
  3. “The struggle of today is not altogether for today – it is for a vast future also.” — Abraham Lincoln
  4. “I walk slowly, but never backwards.” — Abraham Lincoln
  5. “The person who is incapable of making a mistake, is incapable of anything.” — Abraham
  6. “You cannot fail unless you quit.” — Abraham Lincoln
  7.  “One is a majority if he is right.” — Abraham Lincoln
  8.  “If you have never failed you have never lived.” — Abraham Lincoln
  9.  “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” — Abraham Lincoln
  10. “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” — Abraham Lincoln
  11. “My policy is to have no policy.” — Abraham Lincoln
  12. “Achievement has no color.” — Abraham Lincoln
  13. “God is the silent partner in ALL great enterprises.” — Abraham Lincoln
  14. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” — Abraham Lincoln
  15. “If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already.” — Abraham Lincoln
  16. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  17. “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.” — Abraham Lincoln
  18. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”— Abraham Lincoln
  19. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  20.  “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  21. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln
  22. “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end, you are sure to succeed.” — Abraham Lincoln
  23. “Nothing will divert me from my purpose.” — Abraham Lincoln
  24. “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” — Abraham Lincoln
  25. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”— Abraham Lincoln
  26. “Violence begins where knowledge ends.” — Abraham Lincoln
  27. “Never change horses in midstream.” — Abraham Lincoln
  28. “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.”— Abraham Lincoln
  29. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln
  30. “A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” — Abraham Lincoln
  31.  “A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall. So, with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.” — Abraham Lincoln
  32. “Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.” — Abraham Lincoln
  33. “Most people are as happy as they want to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
  34. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” — Abraham Lincoln
  35. “It’s not me who can’t keep a secret. It’s the people I tell that can’t.” — Abraham Lincoln
  36. “I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.” — Abraham Lincoln
  37. “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” — Abraham Lincoln
  38. “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” — Abraham Lincoln
  39. “Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.” — Abraham Lincoln
  40. “Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.” — Abraham Lincoln
  41. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” — Abraham Lincoln
  42. “You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.” — Abraham Lincoln
  43. “Sir, 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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  44. “Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” — Abraham Lincoln
  45. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  46.  “In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.” — Abraham Lincoln
  47. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” — Abraham Lincoln
  48. “If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything.” — Abraham Lincoln
  49. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln
  50.  “It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” — Abraham Lincoln
  51. “Bad promises are better broken than kept.” — Abraham Lincoln
  52. “I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” — Abraham Lincoln
  53. “Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.” — Abraham Lincoln
  54. “You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right.” — Abraham Lincoln
  55. “Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.” — Abraham Lincoln
  56.  “You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln
  57. “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, and beer.” — Abraham Lincoln
  58. “If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.” — Abraham Lincoln
  59. “It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” — Abraham Lincoln
  60. “The health you enjoy is largely your choice.” — Abraham Lincoln
  61. “If you love something, set it free.” — Abraham Lincoln
  62. “Believing everybody is dangerous, but believing nobody is more dangerous.” — Abraham Lincoln
  63. “You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.” — Abraham Lincoln
  64. “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” — Abraham Lincoln
  65. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” — Abraham Lincoln
  66. “Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.” — Abraham Lincoln
  67. “The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.” — Abraham Lincoln
  68. “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” — Abraham Lincoln
  69. “A man watches his pear-tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.” — Abraham Lincoln
  70. “Writing is the great invention of the world.” — Abraham Lincoln
  71. “Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.” — Abraham Lincoln

At what age did Lincoln die?

The words from Abraham Lincoln’s speech, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” consider as his motto.

Today, these words are written on a pair of metal plaques at the entrance to the Washington, DC headquarters of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

At what age did Lincoln die?

On 1865 April 15, at 7:22 am, Abraham Lincoln died at the age of 56 due to a gunshot wound; shot by a stage actor, John Wilkes Booth, a night before. The bullet wound became the reason for his unexpected death.

What were Abraham Lincoln dying words?

There is a huge controversy about the dying words of Abraham Lincoln. According to various websites, Lincoln’s last words were: “We will visit the Holy Land, and see those places hallowed by the footsteps of the Savior. There is no city on earth I so much desire to see as Jerusalem.”

However, there is no full authenticity or official records about his last saying, they are possibly like this, but there is no certainty.

According to Dr. Anson Henry, who wrote on April 19, 1865 (only 5 days after the assassination), his last words were:

“She [Mary] sat close to him and was leaning on his lap looking up at his face when the fatal shot was fired, his last words being in answer to her question ‘What will Miss Harris [one of their guests in the presidential box] think of my hanging on to you so?’—’She won’t think anything about it.’”

There’s no surety that which one is correct but, the second one seems more precise according to his dying situation.

What did Abraham Lincoln say about fear?

In his normal life, Lincoln is afraid of women, as shown by his sarcastic saying: “A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.” — Abraham Lincoln

However, politically, his greatest fear was the rift fronted by abolitionists that could split up the country into slaveholding and non-slaveholding states.

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