Lincoln Quotes

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Abraham Lincoln
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
“All I have learned, I learned from books.”
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
attributed to Abraham Lincoln but discredited.

Jessica Shirvington
“Maybe it’s not as clear-cut as that. Maybe it’s the very presence of one thing – light or darkness – that necessitates the existence of the other.
Think about it, people couldn’t become legendary heroes if they hadn’t first done something to combat darkness. Doctors could do no good if there
weren’t diseases for them to treat.”
jessica shirvington

John Wooden
“How many of us have conflicts with someone else- and how many of us pray for that person? We have individuals with whom we are competitive, or whom we dislike or have a quarrel with; but very few of us have true enemies in the martial sense. And yet if Lincoln could pray fervently- and contemporary reports indicate he did- for the people who were opposing him, how much more can we do for someone we just find a little irritating?”
John Wooden, A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring

Abraham Lincoln
“Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me”
Abraham Lincoln

Jessica Shirvington
Thanks for giving me a place to sleep last night,
and for the extra blanket.

-Violet's note to Lincoln”
Jessica Shirvington, Emblaze

Adlai E. Stevenson II
“Someone asked it felt and I was reminded of a story that a fellow townsman of ours used to tell--Abraham Lincoln. They asked him how he felt once after an unsuccessful election. He said he felt like a little boy who had stubbed his toe in the dark. He said that he was too old to cry, but it hurt too much to laugh.”
Adlai E. Stevenson II

Abraham Lincoln
“It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity.”
Abraham Lincoln

Seth Grahame-Smith
“Contrary to his infallibly "honest" image, Abe wasn't above lying so long as it served a noble purpose.”
Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Joseph J. Ellis
“Lincoln once said that America was founded on a proposition that was written by Jefferson in 1776. We are really founded on an argument about what that proposition means.”
Joseph J. Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Doris Kearns Goodwin
“Lincoln's ability to retain his emotional balance in such difficult situations was rooted in actute self-awareness and an enormous capacity to dispel anxiety in constructive ways.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin

Henry A. Wallace
“If we put our trust in the common sense of common men and 'with malice toward none and charity for all' go forward on the great adventure of making political, economic and social democracy a practical reality, we shall not fail.”
Henry Wallace

Stephen King
“[Prison Break is] one of the craziest, most unpredictable roller-coaster rides on TV today.”
Stephen King

Abraham Lincoln
“The hen is the wisest of all the animal creation, because she never cackles until the egg is laid.”
Abraham Lincoln

Eric Foner
“It is a well known fact that Abraham Lincoln spent much of his spare time visiting wounded soldiers in Union Army hospitals. I've spent thirty years teaching history at Columbia and I don't think I've spent more than fifteen minutes in the freshman dorm. Are we the ones keeping Lincoln's memory alive? Or are we burying it?”
Eric Foner, Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World

Tom     Taylor
“Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal—you sockdologizing old man-trap.”
Tom Taylor, Our American Cousin

“It is better to give your path to a dog than to be bitten by him, contesting for the right.”
Abe Lincoln

Caleb Crain
“Jacob thought about going home. He still had some American change, which he kept in an empty matchbox in his sock drawer, and one night, after he had finished his pancakes and jam, he took the coins out, spread them on the kitchen table, and admired the burnt sienna patina of one of the pennies, which in the candlelight was iridescent with violet and green where people’s touch had salted it. The portrait of Lincoln was ugly and noble, and Jacob took off his glasses to look more closely. On the other side, an erratic line of shrubbery was engraved beside the Lincoln monument’s steps. The idealism seemed to be in Lincoln rather than in the coin’s design, which was homely. It was so homely, in fact, that there was a kind of democratic grandeur to it. It was the most beautiful currency in the world. Jacob was on the verge of tears.”
Caleb Crain, Necessary Errors

Gore Vidal
“Seward felt an involuntary shudder in his limbs. He was also ravished by the irony of the moment. For nearly three years, a thousand voices, including his own, had called for a Cromwell, a dictator, a despot; and in all that time, no one had suspected that there had been, from the beginning, a single-minded dictator in the White House, a Lord Protector of the Union by whose will alone the war had been prosecuted. For the first time, Seward understood the nature of Lincoln's political genius. He had been able to make himself absolute dictator without ever letting anyone suspect that he was anything more than a joking, timid backwoods lawyer, given to fits of humility in the presence of all the strutting military and political peacocks that flocked about him.”
Gore Vidal, Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
“If you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Like Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, Jefferson kept his intimate feelings hidden from the public, either in triumph or in crisis.”
Fawn Brodie

Bill O'Reilly
“It seems like the entire town is drunk. lee's Confederate army has surrendered. In the Union capital whiskey is chugged straight out of the bottle, church bells toll, pistols are fired into the air, fireworks explode, newsboys hawk final editions chock-full of details from Appomattox, brass bands play, church hymns are sung, thirty-five U.S. flags are hoisted, and army howitzers launch an astonishing five-hundred-gun salute, which shatters windows for miles around the city.”
Bill O'Reilly, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

Abraham Lincoln
“If I am killed I can die but once. But to live in constant dread is to die over and over again.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Freeing the slaves was a strategic military plan implemented to persuade the millions of slaves in the south to rise up and help the north defeat the south who wanted to secede from the U.S. because they, like the British colonist before them, were being taxed and treated unfairly by tyrants in the U.S. government.”
James Thomas Kesterson Jr

“The Grants will make their train. Julia is so eager to leave town that she has chosen the local, which takes thirteen long hours to reach Burlington. The faster option would be the seven-thirty express in the morning, but that would mean a night at the theater with the daft and unbalanced Mary Lincoln. Julia Grant's mind is made up.

What Ulysses S. Grant does not know is that he will be returning to Washington by the same train within twenty-four hours.”
Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

F.H. Buckley
“Lincoln is properly remembered as a champion of democracy, but there was a good bit of Otto von Bismarck in him as well.”
F.H. Buckley, American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup

Abraham Lincoln
“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, Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

Doris Kearns Goodwin
“To Lincoln's mind, the battle to save the Union contained an even larger purpose than ending slavery, which was after all sanctioned by the very Constitution he was sworn to uphold. "I consider the central idea pervading this struggle," he told Hay in early May, "is the necessity that is upon us, of proving that popular government is not an absurdity. We must settle this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail it will go far to prove the incapability of the people to govern themselves.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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