The petition of persons under eighteen, praying that I would free all slave children, and the heading of which petition it appears you wrote, was handed me a few days since by Senator Sumner. Please tell these little people I am very glad their young hearts are so full of just and generous sympathy,
The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
I think that God means that we shall do more than we have yet done in furtherance of his plans and he will open the way for our doing it.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. Abraham Lin
You may think it was a very little thing, and in these days it seems to me like a trifle, but it was a most important incident in my life. I could scarcely credit that I, the poor boy, had earned a dollar in less than a day; that by honest work, I had earned a dollar. I was a more hopeful and though
It is to deny, what the history of the world tells us is true, to suppose that men of ambition and talents will not continue to spring up amongst us. And, when they do, they will asnaturally seek the gratification of their ruling passion, as others have so done before them.
Never let your correspondence fall behind.
If frienship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.
Writing is the great invention of the world.
Teach economy. That is one of the first and highest virtues. It begins with saving money.
I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won't matter. If I'm wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won't make a difference.
I will either be America's greatest president or its last.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln
Gold is good in its place; but loving, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
For my part, I desire to see the time when education - and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry - shall become much more general than at present, and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency
The trouble with Hooker is that he's got his headquarters where his hindquarters aught to be.
I hold that while a man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
Suspicions which may be unjust need not be stated.
I am the president of the United States of America, clothed in immense power! You will procure me those votes!
Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object
We believe that the spreading out and perpetuity of the institution of slavery impairs the general welfare. We believe - nay, we know, that that is the only thing that has ever threatened the perpetuity of the Union itself.
As our case is new, we must think and act anew. Abraham Lincol
The ballot is stronger than the bullet. Abraham Lincol
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. 1
Avoid popularity if you would have peace. Abraham Lin
Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.
The human mind is impelled to action, or held in rest by some power, over which the mind itself has no control.
Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech.