Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''I do not deny the possibility that the people may err in an election; but if they do, the true [cure] is in the next election, and not in the treachery of the person elected.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment of speech intended for Kentuckians, Feb. 12, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 200, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. quoted in New York Herald (Nov. 26, 1863), attributed. In reply to comments about Grant's drinking habits.
  • ''That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. reply to the New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association, Mar. 21, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 259, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last, best hope of earth.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech, Dec. 1, 1862. Second Annual Message to Congress, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, ed. Roy P. Basler (1953).
  • ''Holding myself the humblest of all whose names were before the convention, I feel in especial need of the assistance of all.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Salmon P. Chase, May 26, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 53, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''I wish to see, in process of disappearing, that only thing which ever could bring this nation to civil war.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Henry W. Hoffman, Oct. 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 41, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''The power confided in me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. First inaugural address, March 4, 1861.
  • ''The lady—bearer of this—says she has two sons who want to work. Set them at it, if possible. Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to George D. Ramsey, Oct. 17, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 556, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''No one has needed favours more than I, and generally, few have been less unwilling to accept them; but in this case, favour to me, would be injustice to the public, and therefore I must beg your pardon for declining it.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Robert Allen, June 21, 1836. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 49, 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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To Linnie

A sweet plaintive song did I hear,
And I fancied that she was the singer—
May emotions as pure, as that song set a-stir
Be the worst that the future shall bring her.

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