Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was probably one of the great figures in American history. He not only ended slavery in the nation but also led the country as the American Commander-in-Chief during the Civil War.
Following are top 20 Abraham Lincoln quotes that can inspire you.
“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.”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.”
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
“If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already.”
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
“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.”
“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
“Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”
“Every advocate of slavery naturally desires to see blasted, and crushed, the liberty promised the black man by the new constitution.”
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
“What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?”
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.”
“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”
“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh — anything but work.”
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