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All Quotes by author - Abraham Lincoln
" A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. "
" A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. "
" A house divided against itself cannot stand. "
" 'A living dog is better than a dead lion.' Judge Douglas, if not a dead lion for this work, is at least a caged and toothless one. How can he oppose the advances of slavery? He don't care anything about it. "
" Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion,and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure. "
" All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. "
" All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. "
" Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. "
" A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap. "
" America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. "
" Among the friends of Union, there is great diversity of sentiment and of policy in regard to slavery and the African race among us. "
" Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. "
" A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major-general. "
" As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. "
" As our case is new, we must think and act anew. "
" At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. "
" Avoid popularity if you would have peace. "
" A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. "
" Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. "
" Being elected to Congress, though I am very grateful to our friends for having done it, has not pleased me as much as I expected. "
" Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. "
" Biographies, as generally written, are not only misleading but false... In most instances, they commemorate a lie and cheat posterity out of the truth. "
" Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. "
" By what principle of original right is it that one-fiftieth or one-ninetieth of a great nation, by calling themselves a State, have the right to break up and ruin that nation as a matter of original principle? "
" Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. "
" Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. "
" Concede that the new government of Louisiana is only to what it should be, as the egg is to the fowl; we shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it. "
" Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. "
" Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? "
" Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. "
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