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

I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it.

Abraham Lincoln
The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Abraham Lincoln

It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power.

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

If I gave McClellan all the men he asked for, they could not find room to lie down; they'd have to sleep standing up.

Abraham Lincoln
The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.
Abraham Lincoln

Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.

Abraham Lincoln
As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor;-let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children's liberty.
Abraham Lincoln

Oh, that [his Thanksgiving Message] is some of Seward's nonsense, and it pleases the fools.

Abraham Lincoln
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.