Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

  • ''The issue is a mighty one for all people and all time; and whoever aids the right, will be appreciated and remembered.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Abram Wakeman, July 25, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 461, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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  • ''If I had my way, this war would never have been commenced. If I had been allowed my way this war would have been ended before this.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Eliza P. Gurney, Oct. 26, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 478, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Fragment on slavery, July 1, 1854? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 222, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''In law it is a good policy to never plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you can not.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Usher F. Linder, Feb. 20, 1848. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 453, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''To give the victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Fragment of a speech, c. May 18, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 454, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''A right result, at this time, will be worth more to the world, than ten times the men, and ten times the money.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Message to Congress in special session, July 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 432, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age; and he grew up, literally without education.''
    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).
  • ''Our down East friends, did, indeed, treat me with great kindness, demonstrating what I before believed, that all good, intelligent people are very much alike.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to William Gooding, Apr. 6, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 36, 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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