I have just read your dispatch about sore-tongued and fatigued horses, Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the Battle of Antietam that fatigues anything?

-Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

The worst thing you can do for anyone you care about is anything that they can do on their own.

Abraham Lincoln
Be excellent and party on dudes.
Abraham Lincoln

A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet

Abraham Lincoln
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
Abraham Lincoln

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.

Abraham Lincoln
In the first place, I insist that our fathers did not make this nation half slave and half free, or part slave and part free. I insist that they found the institution of slavery existing here. They did not make it so, but they left it so because they knew of no way to get rid of it at that time.
Abraham Lincoln

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.

Abraham Lincoln
All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
Abraham Lincoln

Now, at the end of three years struggle the nation's condition is not what either party, or any man devised, or expected. God alone can claim it.

Abraham Lincoln
You say you will not fight to free negroes. Some of them seem willing to fight for you; but, no matter. Fight you, then exclusively to save the Union.