Abraham Lincoln Quotes

I am not an accomplished lawyer.
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).
(0) (0)
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).
(1) (0)
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).
(1) (0)
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).
(1) (0)
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).
(1) (0)
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).
(1) (0)
A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks, and limitations, and always changing easily, with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. first inaugural address, Mar. 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 268, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
(0) (0)
I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac.
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).
(0) (0)
Our eldest boy, Bob, has been away from us nearly a year at school, and will enter Harvard University this month. He promises very well, considering we never controlled him much.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Anson G. Henry, July 4, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 82, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
(0) (0)
The case of Andrews is really a very bad one, as appears by the record already before me. Yet before receiving this I had ordered his punishment commuted to imprisonment ... and had so telegraphed. I did this, not on any merit in the case, but because I am trying to evade the butchering business lately.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. endorsement concerning Henry Andrews, Jan. 7, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 111, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
(0) (0)