Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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).
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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).
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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).
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If he talks ambiguously—talks for his country with "buts" and "ifs" and "ands."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Erastus Corning and others, June 12, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 265, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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The enthusiastic uprising of the people in our cause, is our great reliance; and we can not safely give it any check, even though it overflows, and runs in channels not laid down in any chart.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Edwin D. Morgan, May 20, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 375, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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I understand that it is a maxim of law, that a poor plea may be a good plea to a bad declaration.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. third debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Jonesboro, Illinois, Sep. 15, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 123, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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It is with deep grief that I learn of the death of your kind and brave Father; and, especially, that it is affecting your young heart beyond what is common in such cases.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Fanny McCullough, Dec. 23, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 16, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. memorandum concerning his probable failure of re-election, Aug. 23, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 514, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech at Peoria, Illinois, Oct. 16, 1854. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 273, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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When I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher to the Rule of Three.... The little advance I now have upon this store of education, I have picked up from time to time under the pressure of necessity.
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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