Abraham Lincoln Quotes

If God now wills the removal of a great wrong, and wills also that we of the North as well as you of the South, shall pay fairly for our complicity in that wrong, impartial history will find therein new cause to attest and revere the justice and goodness of God.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 282, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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We accepted this war for an object, a worthy object, and the war will end when that object is attained. Under God, I hope it never will until that time.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Speech at Great Central Sanitary Fair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 16, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 395, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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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).
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I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful.
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).
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We must work earnestly in the best light He gives us.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Eliza P. Gurney, September 4, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 535, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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