78 Thoughtful Abraham Lincoln quotes

Born in 1809 in Kentucky, America. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. 

He led the nation through the American Civil War, one of the country’s biggest moral, constitutional, and political events.

Below are his best quotes revolving around the subjects of politics, freedom, leadership, success and education.

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Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
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Every person’s happiness is their own responsibility.
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Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
Abraham Lincoln
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln
Nothing will divert me from my purpose.
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Nations do not die from invasion; they die from internal rottenness.
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The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.
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Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
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Life is hard but so very beautiful.
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I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
Abraham Lincoln
If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labour, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labour, he is a fool.
Abraham Lincoln
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
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I believe that people should fight for what they believe and only what they believe.
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No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.
Abraham Lincoln
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
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I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.
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The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
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It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
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Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
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All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
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You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Abraham Lincoln
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
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All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Abraham Lincoln
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.
Abraham Lincoln
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.
Abraham Lincoln
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
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You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Abraham Lincoln
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
Abraham Lincoln
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Abraham Lincoln
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
Abraham Lincoln
To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.
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Believing everyone is dangerous, but believing nobody is more dangerous.
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Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
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In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
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Man is not the only animal who labours; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.
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The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
Abraham Lincoln
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
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Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me.
Abraham Lincoln
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
Abraham Lincoln
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
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A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet.
Abraham Lincoln
Don’t worry when you are not recognized but strive to be worthy of recognition.
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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Abraham Lincoln
Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Abraham Lincoln
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
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Whatever you are, be a good one.
Abraham Lincoln
In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement.
Abraham Lincoln
I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.
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I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.
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Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Abraham Lincoln
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
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Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
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Gentlemen, why do you not laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me day and night, if I did not laugh, I should die.
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A house divided against itself cannot stand.
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A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.
Abraham Lincoln
If you would win a man to your cause first convince him that you are his sincere friend.
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I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
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That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
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Everybody likes a compliment.
Abraham Lincoln
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
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Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Abraham Lincoln
Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.
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If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
Abraham Lincoln
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
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Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.
Abraham Lincoln
I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Abraham Lincoln
You can tell the greatness of someone by what makes them angry.
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I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
Abraham Lincoln
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Abraham Lincoln
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
Abraham Lincoln
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
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Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.
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Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.
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You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.
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You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
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