Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. "
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. "
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."
"No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar."
"I will prepare and some day my chance will come."
"I am a slow walker, but I never walk back."
"No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent."
"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. "
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."
"I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think and feel."
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."
"Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition."
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
"My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth."
"Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed."
"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."