'A living dog is better than a dead lion.' Judge Douglas, if not a dead lion for this work, is at least a caged and toothless one. How can he oppose the advances of slavery? He don't care anything about it.

-Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

Everybody likes a compliment.

Abraham Lincoln
A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods. With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
Abraham Lincoln

Military necessity does not admit of cruelty - that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, . . . nor of torture to extort confessions.

Abraham Lincoln
All true wisdom is found on T-shirts.
Abraham Lincoln

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

Abraham Lincoln
The world shall know that I will keep my faith to friends and enemies, come what will.
Abraham Lincoln

The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance.

Abraham Lincoln
In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man.
Abraham Lincoln

Our adversaries [ the Confederate States of America ] have adopted some declarations of independence in which, unlike the good old one penned by Jefferson, they omit the words "all men are created equal." Why? They have adopted a temporary national constitution, in the preamble of which, unlike our good old one, signed by Washington, they omit "We, the People," and substitute "We, the deputies of the sovereign and independent States." Why? Why this deliberate pressing out of view, the rights of men, and the authority of the people?

Abraham Lincoln
Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.