Abraham Lincoln

(12 February 1809 – 15 April 1865 / Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky)

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

  • ''I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Fragment: notes for a law lecture, July 1, 1850? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 81, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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  • ''Legislation and adjudication must follow, and conform to, the progress of society.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Notes of argument in law case, June 15, 1858? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 459, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.''
    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. 112, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''[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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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 to cure it, to engraft it and spread it over your whole body.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. seventh and last debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Alton, Illinois, Oct. 15, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 313, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''I have just read your dispatch about sore tongued and fatiegued [sic] horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietem that fatigue anything?''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to George B. McClellan, Oct. 24, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 474, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''I have no wealthy or popular relations to recommend me.''
    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).
  • ''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).
  • ''If the good people in their wisdom shall see fit to keep me in the background, I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.''
    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).

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Best Poem of Abraham Lincoln

My Childhood Home I See Again

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My childhood's home I see again,
And sadden with the view;
And still, as memory crowds my brain,
There's pleasure in it too.

O Memory! thou midway world
'Twixt earth and paradise,
Where things decayed and loved ones lost
In dreamy shadows rise,

And, freed from all that's earthly vile,
Seem hallowed, pure, and bright,
Like scenes in some enchanted isle
All bathed in liquid light.

As dusky mountains please the eye
When twilight chases day;
As bugle-tones that, passing by,
In distance die away;

As leaving ...

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln,
His hand and pen:
He will be good but
God knows When.

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