Abraham Lincoln Quotes

I hold the value of life is to improve one's condition. Whatever is calculated to advance the condition of the honest, struggling laboring man, so far as my judgment will enable me to judge of a correct thing, I am for that thing.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech to Germans at Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 203, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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If I fail, it will be for lack of ability, and not of purpose.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Joshua R. Giddings, June 26, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 81, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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There is no permanent class of hired laborers amongst us. 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 condition—is the order of things in a society of equals.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment on free labor, Sep. 17, 1859? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 462, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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Without this, as well as with it, we could have declared our independence of Great Britain; but without it, we could not, I think, have secured our free government, and consequent prosperity. No oppressed, people will fight, and endure, as our fathers did, without the promise of something better, than a mere change of masters.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment on the Constitution and the Union, c. Jan. 1861? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 168, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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In law it is a good policy to never plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you can not.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Usher F. Linder, Feb. 20, 1848. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 453, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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To give the victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Fragment of a speech, c. May 18, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 454, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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In the early days of the world, the Almighty said to the first of our race "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread"; and since then, if we except the light and the air of heaven, no good thing has been, or can be enjoyed by us, without having first cost labour.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragments of a tariff discussion, Dec. 1, 1847? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 411, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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A right result, at this time, will be worth more to the world, than ten times the men, and ten times the money.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Message to Congress in special session, July 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 432, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age; and he grew up, literally without education.
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).
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Our down East friends, did, indeed, treat me with great kindness, demonstrating what I before believed, that all good, intelligent people are very much alike.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to William Gooding, Apr. 6, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 36, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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