There has never been but one question in all civilization-how to keep a few men from saying to many men: You work and earn bread and we will eat it.
Knavery and flattery are blood relations. Abraham Lincol
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.
The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or to detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forg
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. Abraham Lin
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincol
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
Beavers build houses; but they build them in nowise differently, or better now, than they did, five thousand years ago. Ants, and honey-bees, provide food for winter; but just in the same way they did, when Solomon referred the sluggard to them as patterns of prudence. Man is not the only animal who
And then, there will be some black men who can remember that, with silent tongue, and clenched teeth, and steady eye, and well-poised bayonnet, they have helped mankind on to this great consummation...
All that serves labor serves the Nation. All ^ that harms labor is treason to America. No line can be drawn between these two. If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without labo
We must remember that the people of all the States are entitled to all the privileges and immunities of the citizen of the several States. We should bear this in mind, and act in such a way as to say nothing insulting or irritating. I would inculcate this idea, so that we may not, like Pharisees, se
May our children and our children's children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln
Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.
Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me
The case of Andrews is really a very bad one, as appears by the record already before me. Yet before receiving this I had orderedhis punishment commuted to imprisonmentand had so telegraphed. I did this, not on any merit in the case, but because I am trying to evade the butchering business lately.
In 1841 you and I had together a tedious low-water trip, on a Steam Boat from Louisville to St. Louis. You may remember, as I well do, that from Louisville to the mouth of the Ohio there were, on board, ten or a dozen slaves, shackled together with irons. That sight was a continual torment to me; an
Glory to God in the highest, Ohio has saved the Nation.
The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.
I know the hole he went in at, but I can't tell you what hole he will come out of.
I pass my life in preventing the storm from blowing down the tent, and I drive in the pegs as fast as they are pulled up.
Now I confess myself as belonging to that class in the country who contemplate slavery as a moral, social and political evil...
To read in the Bible, as the word of God himself, that "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, ["] and to preach there-from that, "In the sweat of other mans faces shalt thou eat bread," to my mind can scarcely be reconciled with honest sincerity.
In law it is good policy to never plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you can not.
If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it.