Quotes by Abraham Lincoln


If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
– Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
– Abraham Lincoln

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
– Abraham Lincoln

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
– Abraham Lincoln
A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gal. So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.
– Abraham Lincoln
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
– Abraham Lincoln
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
– Abraham Lincoln
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
– Abraham Lincoln
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
– Abraham Lincoln
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
– Abraham Lincoln
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
– Abraham Lincoln
As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
– Abraham Lincoln
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
– Abraham Lincoln
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
– Abraham Lincoln
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
– Abraham Lincoln
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
– Abraham Lincoln
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
– Abraham Lincoln
Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
– Abraham Lincoln
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
– Abraham Lincoln
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, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
– Abraham Lincoln