That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred ans sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence forward, and forever free...

-Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

Never do anything for anyone who can just as well do it themself

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

If I had my way, this war would never have been commenced. If I had been allowed my way this war would have been ended before this.

Abraham Lincoln
I would rather be assassinated than see a single star removed from the American flag.
Abraham Lincoln

When someone asked Abraham Lincoln, after he was elected president, what he was going to do about his enemies, he replied, "I am going to destroy them. I am going to make them my friends."

Abraham Lincoln
My father... removed from Kentucky to... Indiana, in my eighth year... It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up... Of course when I came of age, I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher... but that was all.
Abraham Lincoln

That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrepect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.

Abraham Lincoln
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Abraham Lincol
Abraham Lincoln

My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not to either save or destroy Slavery.

Abraham Lincoln
You say men ought to be hung for the way they are executing the law; I say the way it is being executed is quite as good as any of its antecedents. It is being executed in the precise way which was intended from the first, else why does no Nebraska man express astonishment or condemnation? Poor Reeder is the only public man who has been silly enough to believe that anything like fairness was ever intended, and he has been bravely undeceived.