“The government cannot afford to accept services, and refuse payment for them.” – Abraham Lincoln, Aug. 7, 1863
“As the proverb goes, no man knows so well where the shoe pinches as he who wears it.” – Abraham Lincoln, June 28, 1864
“They must blow out the moral lights around us; they must penetrate the human soul, and eradicate there the love of liberty; and then, and not till then, could they perpetuate slavery in this country.” – Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 4, 1858
“Now, at the end of three years’ struggle, the nation’s condition is not what either party, or any man, devised or expected. God alone can claim it.” – Abraham Lincoln, April 4, 1864
“Errors will occur in spite of the utmost fidelity.” – Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 14, 1863
“The bare site of 50,000 armed, and drilled black soldiers on the banks of the Mississippi would end the rebellion at once.” – Abraham Lincoln, March 26, 1863.
“You don’t know what you are talking about, my friend. I am quite willing to answer any gentleman in the crowd who asks an intelligent question.” – Abraham Lincoln, July 10, 1858
“A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, cannot be safely ignored.” – Abraham Lincoln, Oct. 16, 1854
“There are more mines above the Earth’s surface than below it. All nature – the whole world, material, moral and intellectual – is a mine.” – Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 11, 1859
“At every step we must be true to the main purpose.” - Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 16-17, 1859
"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." - Abraham Lincoln, Dec. 1, 1862
"I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence." - Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 22, 1861
"There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law." - Abraham Lincoln, Jan. 27, 1838
"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy." - Abraham Lincoln, ca. Aug. 1, 1858
"Those who shall have tasted actual freedom I believe can never be slaves, or quasi slaves again." - Abraham Lincoln, July 31, 1863
"The fight must go on. The cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one, or even one hundred defeats." - Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 19, 1858
"And having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts."
"I shall do nothing in malice. What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing."
"War at the best is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible."
"You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm."
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