Abraham Lincoln Quotes

The man who stands by and says nothing, when the peril of his government is discussed, can not be misunderstood. If not hindered, he is sure to help the enemy.
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).
I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. Republican politician, president. Letter, April 4, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, ed. Roy P. Basler (1953).
The struggle of today, is not altogether for today—it is for a vast future also.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 53, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
In leaving the people's business in their hands, we can not be wrong.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Speech in the United States House of Representatives on the presidential question, July 27, 1848. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 507, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
Fair play is a jewell [sic]. Give him a chance if you can.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Simon Cameron, Aug. 10, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 480, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
The way for a young man to rise, is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that any body wishes to hinder him.
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).
"A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. "A House Divided" speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 461, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men....
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).
I hope to "stand firm" enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Zachariah Chandler, Nov. 20, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 24, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
I think the authors of that notable instrument [the Declaration of Independence] intended to include all men.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 26, 1857. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 405, Rutgers University Press (1955, 1990).