Abraham Lincoln Quotes

I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the Army and the Government needed a Dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those generals who gain success, can set up dictators.
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 (1955, 1990).
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The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Fragment of draft of message to Congress, July 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 421, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.
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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In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it.
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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Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to William H. Herndon, July 10, 1848. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1. P. 497, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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The Almighty has His own purposes.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Second inaugural address, March 4, 1865. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 333, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment on free labor, Sep. 17, 1859? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 462, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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The political horizon looks dark and lowering; but the people, under Providence, will set all right.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Peter H. Silvester, Dec. 22, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 160, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides, and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions, as to terms of intercourse, are again upon you.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. first inaugural address, Mar. 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 259, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or till I die, or am conquered, or my term expires, or Congress or the country forsakes me.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to William H. Seward, June 28, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 292, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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