Abraham Lincoln Quotes

The ant, who has toiled and dragged a crumb to his nest, will furiously defend the fruit of his labor, against whatever robber assails him. So plain, that the most dumb and stupid slave that ever toiled for a master, does constantly know that he is wronged.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Fragment on slavery, July 1, 1854? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 222, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us.
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).
An exorbitant fee should never be claimed.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Fragment, notes for a law lecture, July 1, 1850? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 81, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
The taste is in my mouth a little; and this, no doubt, disqualifies me, to some extent, to form correct opinions.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Lyman Trumbull, Apr. 29, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 45, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
The unpleasant events you are passing from will not have been profitless to you.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to James M. Cutts, Jr., Oct. 26, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 538, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
But fight we must; and conquer we shall; in the end.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Cyrus M. Allen (May 1, 1860). Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 46, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
Human-nature will not change.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. response to a serenade, Nov. 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 101, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
Property is the fruit of labor—property is desirable—is a positive good in the world.
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).
The government will support you to the utmost of its ability, which is neither more nor less than it has done and will do for all commanders.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Joseph Hooker, Jan. 26, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 78, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. last public address, Apr. 11, 1865. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 405, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).