Quotations From ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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  • 31.
    If there is ANY THING which it is the duty of the WHOLE PEOPLE to never entrust to any hands but their own, that thing is the preservation and perpetuity, of their own liberties, and institutions.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech at Peoria, Illinois, Oct. 16, 1854. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 270, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 32.
    If I fail, it will be for lack of ability, and not of purpose.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Joshua R. Giddings, June 26, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 81, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 33.
    I hold the value of life is to improve one's condition. Whatever is calculated to advance the condition of the honest, struggling laboring man, so far as my judgment will enable me to judge of a correct thing, I am for that thing.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech to Germans at Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 203, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 34.
    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....
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. communication to the people of Sangamo County Mar. 9, 1832. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 8, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 35.
    Fair play is a jewell [sic]. Give him a chance if you can.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Simon Cameron, Aug. 10, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 480, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 36.
    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 detract.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech, Nov. 19, 1863. Gettysburg Address, repr. In Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, ed. Roy P. Basler (1953). Lincoln's dedication of the national cemetery at Gettysburg, where fighting from July 1-3, 1863, claimed nearly 50,000 killed or wounded.

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  • 37.
    We want, and must have, a national policy, as to slavery, which deals with it as being wrong.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. notes for speeches at Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, Sep. 16 and 17, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 435, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 38.
    [With the Union saved] its form of government is saved to the world; its beloved history, and cherished memories, are vindicated; and its happy future fully assured, and rendered inconceivably grand.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Appeal to border state representatives to favor compensated emancipation, July 12, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 319, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 39.
    And then, the negro being doomed, and damned, and forgotten, to everlasting bondage, is the white man quite certain that the tyrant demon will not turn upon him too?
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment, notes for speeches, c. Aug. 21, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 553, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 40.
    We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. address before the Young Men's Lyceum, Springfield, Illinois, Jan. 27, 1838. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 108, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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