I ... ran for Legislature [in 1832] ... and was beaten-the only time I have been beaten by the people.

-Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground.

Abraham Lincoln
An allusion has been made to the Homestead Law. I think it worthy of consideration, and that the wild lands of the country should be distributed so that every man should have the means and opportunity of benefitting his condition.
Abraham Lincoln

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

Abraham Lincoln
To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
Abraham Lincoln

Whatever уоu are, bе а good one.

Abraham Lincoln
If the union of these States, and the liberties of this people, shall be lost, it is but little to any one man of fifty-two yearsof age, but a great deal to the thirty millions of people who inhabit these United States, and to their posterity in all coming time.
Abraham Lincoln

Don't swap horses in crossing a stream.

Abraham Lincoln
Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature - opposition to it is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.
Abraham Lincoln

If I have one vice and I can call it nothing else it is not able to say 'no'.

Abraham Lincoln
He will have to learn, I know, that all people are not just- that all men and women are not true. Teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero that for every enemy there is a friend. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest people to lick.