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
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. Abraham Lin
If you love something, set it free.
Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.
It is not merely for to-day, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives.
Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free.
I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I can say this: that among my earliest recollections, I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand.
I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.
By all means, don't say, "if I can," say "I will."
One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended.
When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. Abraham Lincol
I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace.
I want in all cases to do right.
And I am glad to know that there is a system of labor - where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.
You may have a wen or a cancer upon your person and not be able to cut it out lest you bleed to death; but surely it is no way tocure it, to engraft it and spread it over your whole body.
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
The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves â€“ in their separate, and individual capacities.
Never regret what you don't write.
It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness...
Doubtless you begin to understand how disagreeable it is to me to do a thing arbitrarily, when it is unsatisfactory to others associated with me.
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
Everybody likes a compliment.
We believe that the spreading out and perpetuity of the institution of slavery impairs the general welfare. We believe - nay, we know, that that is the only thing that has ever threatened the perpetuity of the Union itself.
Don't swap horses in crossing a stream.
There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.
But the proclamation, as law, either is valid, or is not valid. If it is not valid, it needs no retraction. If it is valid, it can not be retracted, any more than the dead can be brought to life.
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.
There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people to the idea of indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races ... A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation, but as an immediate separation is impossible, the next best thing is to keep them a