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Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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.

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.

You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.

You cannot lift the wage earned up by pulling the wage payer down.

Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.

A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.

You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

Whatever you are, but a good one.

I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.

I would rather be a little nobody than an evil somebody.

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

The worst thing you can do for anyone you care about is anything that they can do on their own.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

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 by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

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.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

No man is poor who has a Godly mother.

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.

To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

You have your own growing to do, not matter how tall your grandfather was.

It’s not me who can’t keep a secret, it’s the people I tell that can’t.