“Blood cannot restore blood, and government should not act for revenge.” - Abraham Lincoln, May 17, 1864.
“I am responsible … to the American people, to the Christian world, to history, and on my final account to God.” - Abraham Lincoln, April 18, 1864.
“Ere long the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil.” - Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 30, 1859.
“Suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.” - Abraham Lincoln, July 10, 1848.
“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.” - Abraham Lincoln, March 21, 1864.
“Public opinion is founded, to a great extent, on a property basis. What lessens the value of property is opposed, what enhances its value is favored.” - Abraham Lincoln, March 5, 1860.
“The presidency, even to the most experienced politicians, is no bed of roses. …” - Abraham Lincoln, July 25, 1850.
“I bring to the work [of president] an honest heart; I dare not tell you that I bring a head sufficient for it.” - Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 22, 1861.
“It is bad to be poor. I shall go to the wall for bread and meat, if I neglect my business this year as well as last.” - Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 6, 1859.
“A measure made expedient by a war is no precedent for times of peace.” - Abraham Lincoln, Dec. 31, 1862.
Announcing plans to issue the Emancipation Proclamation: “Shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free …” - Abraham Lincoln
“I cannot enter the ring on the money basis — first, because, in the main, it is wrong; and secondly, I have not, and cannot get, the money.” - Abraham Lincoln, March 16, 1860.
“As a general rule, I abstain from reading the reports of attacks upon myself, wishing not to be provoked by that to which I cannot properly offer an answer.” - Abraham Lincoln, April 11, 1865.
On politicians: “A set of men … at least one long step removed from honest men. I say this with the greater freedom because, being a politician, none can regard it as personal.” - Abraham Lincoln, Jan. 11, 1837.
“A free people, in times of peace and quiet — when pressed by no common danger — naturally divide into parties.” - Abraham Lincoln, July 6, 1852.
“Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.” - Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 17, 1859
On Stephen A. Douglas: "His explanations explanatory of explanations explained are interminable." - Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 16, 1859
“I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.” - Abraham Lincoln, Aug. 22, 1862
“An army is better directed by a single man, though inferior, than by two superior ones, at variance, and cross purposes with each other.” - Abraham Lincoln, Dec. 2, 1861.
“It is a long time till the election; and what may turn up, no one can tell.”
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