Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

  • ''I never have been, am not now, and probably never shall be, in a mood of harassing the people, either North or South.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to John A. Gilmer, Dec. 15, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 152, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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  • ''Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Message to Congress, July 4, 1861.
  • ''If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what you will, is the great high-road to his reason, and which, when once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing his judgment of the justice of your cause.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. address, Feb. 22, 1842, to the Washingtonian Temperance Society, Springfield, Illinois.
  • ''Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.''
    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 severest justice may not always be the best policy.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Address to the Senate and House of Representatives, July 17, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 330, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''So long as I have been here I have not willingly planted a thorn in any man's bosom.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. response to a serenade, Nov. 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 101, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''The ballot is stronger than the bullet.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Speech, May 29, 1856, Bloomington, Illinois. The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Arthur Brooks Lapsley (1905). This speech to the first Republican State Convention of Illinois was reconstructed 40 years after; more reliable sources exist for a variant—but later—form of this famous line: "To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary." (speech, May 18, 1858, published in Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, ed. Roy P. Basler, 1953).
  • ''What has ever threatened our liberty and prosperity save and except this institution of Slavery?''
    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 never knew a man who wished to be himself a slave. Consider if you know any good thing, that no man desires for himself.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. on slavery, Mar. 22, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 260, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. autograph fragment, c. Aug. 1, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, ed. Roy P. Basler (1953).

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Best Poem of Abraham Lincoln

My Childhood Home I See Again


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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