“The way for a young man to rise, is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.” - Abraham Lincoln, July 10, 1848.
“Writing … is the great invention of the world.” - Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 11, 1859.
“Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.” - Abraham Lincoln, March 9, 1832.
“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.” -Abraham Lincoln, March 18, 1864.
On Henry Clay: “His will was indomitable; but this quality often secures to its owner nothing better than a character for useless obstinacy.” - Abraham Lincoln, July 6, 1852.
“I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has.” - Abraham Lincoln, Aug. 22, 1864.
“Twenty five years ago, I was a hired laborer. The hired laborer of yesterday, labors on his own account today; and will hire others to labor for him tomorrow. Advancement — improvement in conditions — is the order of things in a society of equals.” - Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 17, 1859
“I am glad to know that there is a system of labor where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.” - Abraham Lincoln, March 5, 1860
“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion … and you allow him to make war at pleasure.” - Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 15, 1848
On tyranny: “Broken by it I too may be; bow to it I never will.” - Abraham Lincoln, Dec. 26, 1839
“I planted myself upon the truth, and the truth only, so far as I knew it, or could be brought to know it.” Abraham Lincoln, July 17, 1858
“Please say to these gentlemen [Army paymasters] that if they do not work quickly I will make quick work with them.” - Abraham Lincoln, Aug. 12, 1862
On problems: "I would rather meet them as they come, than before they come, trusting that some of them may not come at all." - Abraham Lincoln, Dec. 30, 1862
“If I fail, it will be for lack of ability, and not of purpose.” Abraham Lincoln, June 26, 1860.
Mocking anti-intellectual views: “Heads are regarded as explosive materials, only to be safely kept in damp places, as far as possible from the peculiar sort of fire which ignites them.”- Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 30, 1859.
“I look to the American people and that God who has never forsaken them.” – Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 13, 1861
“You have generously said to me more than once that whenever your resignation could be a relief to me, it was at my disposal. The time has come.” – Abraham Lincoln, to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, Sept. 23, 1864
“Common looking people are the best in the world: That is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”
“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.”
“Pharaoh’s country was cursed with plagues, and his hosts were drowned in the Red Sea for striving to retain a captive people who had already served them more than 400 years. May like disasters never befall us!”
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