Abraham Lincoln Quotes

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. address before the Young Men's Lyceum, Springfield, Illinois, Jan. 27, 1838. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 113, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
What would you do in my position? Would you drop the war where it is? Or, would you prosecute it in future, with elderstalk squirts, charged with rose water?
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Cuthbert Bullitt, July 28, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 346, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Grace Bedell, Oct. 19, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 129, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Quoted in "Abe" Lincoln's Yarns and Stories, p. 184, Alexander McClure (1904). The famous aphorism has also been attributed to the showman Phineas T. Barnum.
I was born and have ever remaind [sic] in the most humble walks of life.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Communication to the people of Sangamo County, Mar 9, 1832. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 8, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
It is bad to be poor. I shall go to the wall for bread and meat, if I neglect my business this year as well as last.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Hawkins Taylor, Sep. 6, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 400, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Quoted in Gross, Lincoln's Own Stories.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. quoted in John Hay, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and Letters of John Hay, entry for Dec. 23, 1863;, ed. Tyler Dennett (1939). Said in a dream in reply to one who had called Lincoln "common looking." Lincoln's words on this occasion have also been given as "The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is the reason He makes so many of them." (Quoted in James Morgan, Our Presidents, ch. 6, 1928.).
The signs look better. The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea. Thanks to the great North-West for it. Nor yet wholly to them.... The job was a great national one.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to James C. Conkling, Aug. 26, 1863, following the Union victory at Vicksburg, which allowed access to the Mississippi River. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 409, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Quoted in Lincoln's Own Stories (1912).