Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

-Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

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.

Abraham Lincoln
The working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the most numerous...
Abraham Lincoln

Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office.

Abraham Lincoln
I confess I hate to see the poor creatures hunted down but I bite my lip and keep quiet.
Abraham Lincoln

We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.

Abraham Lincoln
Let none falter who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. But if, after all, we shall fail, be it so: we still shall have the proud consolation of saying to our consciences, and to the departed shade of our country's freedom, that the cause approved of our judgment and adored of our hearts, in disaster, in chains, in torture, in death, we never faltered in defending.
Abraham Lincoln

I am an optimist because I don't see the point in being anything else.

Abraham Lincoln
I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.
Abraham Lincoln

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

Abraham Lincoln
Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.