Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

  • ''The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 537, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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  • ''In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Fanny McCullough, Dec. 23, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 16, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to William H. Herndon, July 10, 1848. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1. P. 497, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment on free labor, Sep. 17, 1859? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 462, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''The political horizon looks dark and lowering; but the people, under Providence, will set all right.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Peter H. Silvester, Dec. 22, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 160, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or till I die, or am conquered, or my term expires, or Congress or the country forsakes me.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to William H. Seward, June 28, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 292, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Jesse W. Fell, Dec. 20, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 511, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''In this contest, mere men are nothing.''
    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. 433, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''Beware of rashness. Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward, and give us victories.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Joseph Hooker, Jan. 26, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 78, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''These men ask for just the same thing—fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Leonard Swett, May 30, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 57, 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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The Bear Hunt

A wild-bear chace, didst never see?
Then hast thou lived in vain.
Thy richest bump of glorious glee,
Lies desert in thy brain.

When first my father settled here,
'Twas then the frontier line:
The panther's scream, filled night with fear
And bears preyed on the swine.

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