Quotes by: Abraham Lincoln
I do not think I could myself be brought to support a man for office whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion.
I understand a ship to be made for the carrying and preservation of the cargo, and so long as the ship can be saved, with the cargo, it should never be abandoned. This Union likewise should never be abandoned unless it fails and the possibility of its preservation shall cease to exist, without throwing passengers and cargo overboard.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
If ever I feel the soul within me elevate and expand to those dimensions not wholly unworthy of its Almighty Architect, it is when I contemplate the cause of my country, deserted by all the world beside, and I standing up boldly and lone and hurling defiance at her victorious oppressors.
The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.
Among the friends of Union, there is great diversity of sentiment and of policy in regard to slavery and the African race among us.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
If there should prove to be one real, living Free State Democrat in Kansas, I suggest that it might be well to catch him and stuff and preserve his skin as an interesting specimen of that soon-to-be-extinct variety of the genus Democrat.
Why was the amendment, expressly declaring the right of the people to exclude slavery, voted down? Plainly enough now, the adoption of it would have spoiled the niche for the Dred Scott decision.
To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
Whether slavery shall go into Nebraska, or other new territories, is not a matter of exclusive concern to the people who may go there. The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories. We want them for the homes of free white people.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
I have great respect for the semicolon; it is a mighty handy little fellow.
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 much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.