Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Gen. Schurz thinks I was a little cross in my late note to you. If I was, I ask pardon. If I do get up a little temper I have no sufficient time to keep it up.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Franz Sigel, Feb. 5, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 93, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
We can succeed only by concert. It is not "Can any of us imagine better?" but "can we all do better?"
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 537, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. meditation on the divine will, Sep. 2, 1862? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 403, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
[Uniting workers should not] lead to a war upon property, or the owners of property.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. reply to the New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association, Mar. 21, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 259, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
I ... ran for Legislature [in 1832] ... and was beaten—the only time I have been beaten by the people.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Jesse W. Fell, Dec. 20, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 511, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
If the union of these States, and the liberties of this people, shall be lost, it is but little to any one man of fifty-two years of age, but a great deal to the thirty millions of people who inhabit these United States, and to their posterity in all coming time.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. reply to Oliver P. Morton at Indianapolis, Indiana, Feb. 11, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 194, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
He who does something at the head of one Regiment, will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to David Hunter, Dec. 31, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 85, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
I want in all cases to do right.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Mary S. Owens, Aug. 16, 1837. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 94, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
Our strife pertains to ourselves—to the passing generations of men; and it can, without convulsion, be hushed forever with the passing of one generation.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 529, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
Now, and ever, I shall do all in my power for peace, consistently with the maintenance of government.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Thomas H. Hicks and George W. Brown, Apr. 20, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 340, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).