Our Declaration of Independence was held sacred by all and thought to include all; but now, to aid in making the bondage of the Negro universal and eternal, it is assailed, sneered at, construed, hawked at, and torn, till, if its framers could rise from their graves, they could not at all recognize it.

-Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

It is bad to be poor. I shall go to the wall for bread and meat, if I neglect my business this year as well as last.

Abraham Lincoln
He who sees cruelty and does nothing about it is himself cruel.
Abraham Lincoln

I hold that if the Almighty had ever made a set of men that should do all the eating and none of the work, he would have made them with mouths only and no hands, and if he had ever made another class that he intended should do all the work and none of the eating, he would have made them without mouths and with all hands.

Abraham Lincoln
My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.
Abraham Lincoln

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. Abraham Lin

Abraham Lincoln
A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.
Abraham Lincoln

You can not fail in any laudable object, unless you allow your mind to be improperly directed.

Abraham Lincoln
A fellow once came to me to ask for an appointment as a minister abroad. Finding he could not get that, he came down to some more modest position. Finally, he asked to be made a tide-waiter. When he saw he could not get that, he asked me for an old pair of trousers. It is sometimes well to be humble ...
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
The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.