Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. address at Cooper Institute, New York City, Feb. 27, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 550, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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In the hope that it may be no intrusion upon the sacredness of your sorrow, I have ventured to address you this tribute to the memory of my young friend, and your brave and early fallen child. May God give you that consolation which is beyond all earthly power.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Ephraim D. and Phoebe Ellsworth, May 25, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 385, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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The meeting, in spite of my attempt to decline it, appointed me one of the delegates, so that in getting Baker the nomination, I shall be "fixed" a good deal like a fellow who is made groomsman to the man what has cut him out, and is marrying his own dear "gal."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Joshua F. Speed, Mar. 24, 1843. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 319, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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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).
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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).
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Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine, that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Mary S. Owens, May 7, 1837. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 78, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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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).
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I have desired that all my works and acts may be according to his will.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Eliza P. Gurney, Oct. 26, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 478, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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There were some schools, so called [in my youth]; but no qualification was ever required of a teacher, beyond "readin, writin, and cipherin," to the Rule of Three. If a straggler supposed to understand latin, happened to sojourn in the neighborhood, he was looked upon as a wizzard. There was absolutely nothing to excite ambition for 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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[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).
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