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Abraham Lincoln Quotes

17 of the best book quotes from Abraham Lincoln
  1. #1
    “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
  2. #2
    “The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.”
  3. #3
    “I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.”
  4. #4
    “In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.”
  5. #5
    “The Lord spared the fitten and the rest he seen fitten to die.”
  6. #6
    “My God! My God! What will the country say?”
  7. #7
    “From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia...could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.”
  8. #8
    “The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
  1. #9
    “You think slavery is right and ought to be extended; while we think it is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us.”
  2. #10
    “In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.”
  3. #11
    “The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both *may* be, and one *must* be, wrong. God cannot be *for* and *against* the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party - and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaption to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true - that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By His mere great power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either *saved* or *destroyed* the Union without human contest. Yet the contest began, And, having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”
  4. #12
    “If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it.”
  5. #13
    “Lincoln, and those buried at Gettysburg, remind us that we should pursue our own absolute truths only if we acknowledge that there may be a terrible price to pay.”
  6. #14
    “Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin, but because he got out of it.”
  7. #15
    “As President Lincoln said in his time, ‘The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.’ ”
  8. #16
    “So let us pray, not for him but for overselves and for all those whose job it is to wear those great big shoes he left this nation to fill...”
  9. #17
    “I’m sorry, I heard that somebody in your party had a letter from Abraham Lincoln, I assumed it was you.”

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