Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
I always remember the prayers of my mother as they always forever.
I say now, however, as I have all the while said, that on the territorial question - that is, the question of extending slavery under the national auspices, - I am inflexible. I am for no compromise which assists or permits the extension of the institution on soil owned by the nation.
The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish. I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible.
But let the past as nothing be. For the future my view is that the fight must go on.
I certainly know that if the war fails, the administration fails, and that I will be blamed for it, whether I deserve it or not. And I ought to be blamed, if I could do better. You think I could do better; therefore you blame me already. I think I could not do better; therefore I blame you for blami
You say you will not fight to free negroes. Some of them seem willing to fight for you; but, no matter. Fight you, then exclusively to save the Union.
I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks.... My father ... removed from Kentucky to ... Indiana, in my ei
It is not 'Is God on my side', but 'Am I on God's side'.
Some day I shall be President.
It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
I will do what I think is right and when I discover that it is wrong, I will change it.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincol
I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.
As an individual who undertakes to live by borrowing, soon finds his original means devoured by interest, and next no one left to borrow from - so must it be with a government.
Take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man. (When a skeptic expressed surprise to see him reading a Bible)
Our common country is in great peril, demanding the loftiest views, and boldest action to bring it speedy relief.
In all that people can do for themselves, government ought not to interfere.
Certainly there is no contending against the Will of God; but still there is some difficulty in ascertaining, and applying it, to particular cases.
There is something so ludicrous in promises of good or threats of evil a great way off as to render the whole subject with which they are connected easily turned into ridicule.
Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result.
The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.
It doesn't mater if you're a slow walker, so long as you don't walk backwards.
Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words.
You think slavery is right and ought to be extended; while we think it is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us.
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
Let us hopethat by the best cultivation of the physical world, beneath and around us; and the intellectual and moral world within us, we shall secure an individual, social and political prosperity and happiness, whose course shall be onward and upward, and which, while the earth endures, shall not p
I am satisfied that when the Almighty wants me to do or not do any particular thing, He finds a way of letting me know it