Inspirational Quotations by Abraham Lincoln (#363)

Lincoln Memorial in Washington D. C.

It’s the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, one of the world’s most recognized political leaders of all time. The 16th President of the United States was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 1809.

Not much is known about Lincoln’s early life. He was born in a log cabin in a poor family, lost his mother at nine, completed just a year of traditional schooling, and spent his youth in Indiana. He did manual labor until he was 21.

Lincoln pursued self-education by reading books on grammar and rhetoric and joined a debate society. After years of private study of law, he obtained a licensed to practice law at age 27 and, in time, became one of Illinois ablest lawyers. Concurrently, Lincoln worked his way through the Illinois state legislature and got elected to the United States House of Representatives. He gained popularity for his down-to-earth wit, integrity, and opposition to the institution of slavery.

Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency

Abraham Lincoln Lincoln’s political and military leadership during the Civil War held the country together through the worst crisis in its history and made him one of the most admired presidents of the United States. John Wilkes Booth, an actor who attended Lincoln’s second inauguration, fatally wounded Abraham Lincoln just six weeks later at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.

During his time, Lincoln was known for his compassionate nature, gentle spirit, and great oratory. Some of his speeches, most prominently, the Gettysburg Address of 1863, and writings are still widely quoted. Unlike most presidents, Abraham Lincoln never wrote his memoirs.

I recommend the following books for on the audacity of Lincoln in the face of widespread criticism his administration and his personal character and a discussion of his presidency.

Quotations by Abraham Lincoln

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and under a just God cannot long retain it.
Abraham Lincoln

In this and like communities public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed; consequently he who moulds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes and decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.
Abraham Lincoln

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
Abraham Lincoln

Be sure your feet are in the right place. Then stand firm.
Abraham Lincoln

My old father used to have a saying: If you make a bad bargain, hug it all the tighter.
Abraham Lincoln

As labor is the common burden of our race, so the effort of some to shift their share of the burden onto the shoulders of others is the great durable curse of the race.
Abraham Lincoln

My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
Abraham Lincoln

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Abraham Lincoln

Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity. Posterity has done nothing for us.
Abraham Lincoln

I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
Abraham Lincoln

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.
Abraham Lincoln

It is an old and true maxim that a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall. So with men, if you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.
Abraham Lincoln

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