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Many people know the story of Abraham Lincoln, arguably the most famous President in American history. But few know the details of his life before he became President. In this blog post, we will take a look at the quotes compilation of Abraham Lincoln and some of the events that made him who he was. We will also explore some of his accomplishments as President and what made him such an iconic figure.

Discover the most known Work, Friendship, Making Mistakes, Labor, Free, Time, Life, Believing Happiness, Internet, Power, Education, Famous, Life, Mother, Success quotes from Abraham Lincoln, and much more.


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About Abraham Lincoln

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February 12, 1809

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April 15, 1865

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Politician, Lawyer

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United States, Illinois

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Work, work, work, is the main thing. — Abraham Lincoln

Let us strive on to finish the work we are in. — Abraham Lincoln

If you intend to go to work there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work, you can not get along anywhere. — Abraham Lincoln

I am always for the man who wishes to work. — Abraham Lincoln

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Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged. — Abraham Lincoln

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. — Abraham Lincoln

If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work. — Abraham Lincoln

Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost. — Abraham Lincoln

I was raised to farm work. — Abraham Lincoln

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I know there is a God, and that He hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that his hand is in it. If He has a place and work for me–and I think He has–I believe I am ready. — Abraham Lincoln

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built. — Abraham Lincoln

We must work earnestly in the best light He gives us. — Abraham Lincoln

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. i never did like to work, and i don’t deny it. i’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh–anything but work. — Abraham Lincoln


Life is hard but so very beautiful. — Abraham Lincoln

life is hard but so very beautiful Abraham Lincoln quote

Next to creating a life the finest thing a man can do is save one. — Abraham Lincoln

Always remember: Life is for enjoying. — Abraham Lincoln

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships. — Abraham Lincoln

What were Abraham Lincoln’s politics?

Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Whig Party and later a Republican.

He believed that the government’s job was to do what a community of people could not do for themselves.

One of his greatest preoccupations as a political thinker was the issue of self-governance and the promise and problems that could arise from it.

The choice by some to allow the expansion of slavery was one such problem and was central to the American Civil War.

Although opposed to slavery from the outset of his political career, Lincoln would not make its abolition a mainstay of his policy until several years into the war.


One’s only security in life comes from doing something uncommonly well. — Abraham Lincoln

I lIke to see a man proud of the place In whIch he lIves. I lIke to see a man lIve so that hIs place wIll be proud of hIm. — Abraham Lincoln

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And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. — Abraham Lincoln


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I cannot bring myself to believe that any human being lives who would do me any harm. — Abraham Lincoln

In my entire life I have only met four ‘perfect’ people… and I disliked them all. — Abraham Lincoln

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. — Abraham Lincoln

Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. — Abraham Lincoln

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Lincoln called laughter ‘the joyous, beautiful, universal evergreen of life. — Abraham Lincoln

I was born and have ever remaind [sic] in the most humble walks of life. — Abraham Lincoln

You are young, and I am older; You are hopeful, I am not–Enjoy life, ere it grow colder–Pluck the roses ere they rot. — Abraham Lincoln

But the proclamation, as law, either is valid, or is not valid. If it is not valid, it needs no retraction. If it is valid, it can not be retracted, any more than the dead can be brought to life. — Abraham Lincoln

When the hour comes for dealing with slavery, I trust I will be willing to do my duty though it cost my life. — Abraham Lincoln

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If you love something, set it free. — Abraham Lincoln

We must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued. — Abraham Lincoln

I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. — Abraham Lincoln

The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society. — Abraham Lincoln

Our political problem now is, ‘Can we as a nation continue together permanently–forever–half slave and half free? — Abraham Lincoln

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You say you will not fight to free negroes. Some of them seem willing to fight for you; but, no matter. Fight you, then exclusively to save the Union. — Abraham Lincoln

Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet. — Abraham Lincoln

Many free countries have lost their liberty, and ours may lose hers; but, if she shall, be it my proudest plume, not that I was the last to desert, but that I never deserted her. — Abraham Lincoln

In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free. — Abraham Lincoln

I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. — Abraham Lincoln

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It is my pleasure that my children are free and happy, and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents. — Abraham Lincoln

The negative principle that no law is free law, is not much known except among lawyers. — Abraham Lincoln

I intend no modification of my oft–expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free. — Abraham Lincoln

We can not have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us. — Abraham Lincoln


There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other. — Abraham Lincoln

there is no america without labor and to fleece the one is to rob the other Abraham Lincoln quote

Labor is superior to capital and precedes capital. Without labor, there is no capital. — Abraham Lincoln

All that harms labor is treason to America. — Abraham Lincoln

Labor is the true standard of value. — Abraham Lincoln

Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship. — Abraham Lincoln

Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. — Abraham Lincoln

labor is superior to capital and precedes capital without labor there is no capital Abraham Lincoln quote

Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior ofcapital, and deserves muchthe higher consideration. — Abraham Lincoln

Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good. — Abraham Lincoln

How did Abraham Lincoln get into politics?

From 1834 to 1840, Abraham Lincoln occupied a seat in the Illinois state legislature.

He also practiced law in Illinois during the 1830s and ’40s, and in that time he became one of the state’s most renowned lawyers.

He first entered national politics in 1847 while serving a single term in Congress.

In 1858 he made a bid for the Senate in a much-publicized race which he ultimately lost but which transformed him into a nationally recognized political figure.

In 1860 he was nominated at the Republican National Convention to be the party’s presidential candidate, and he embarked on a presidential campaign that he would win.


Let there be no compromise on the question of extending slavery. If there be, all our labor is lost, and, ere long, must be done again. — Abraham Lincoln

Prosperity is the fruit of labor. It begins with saving money. — Abraham Lincoln

Labor is the great source from which nearly all, if not all, human comforts and necessities are drawn. — Abraham Lincoln

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No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive. — Abraham Lincoln

To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government. — Abraham Lincoln

I am glad to see that a system of labor prevails under which laborers can strike when they want to. — Abraham Lincoln


Stand with anyone that is right; stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

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It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

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Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

You know I dislike slavery; and you fully admit the abstract wrong of it. — Abraham Lincoln

But for that Book, we could not know right from wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression. — Abraham Lincoln

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I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won’t matter. If I’m wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won’t make a difference. — Abraham Lincoln

In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

We want, and must have, a national policy, as to slavery, which deals with it as being wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

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. — Abraham Lincoln

What were Abraham Lincoln’s chief goals in the American Civil War?

Abraham Lincoln’s chief goal in the American Civil War was to preserve the Union.

At the outset of the war, he would have done so at any cost, including by allowing slavery to continue.

But abolishing slavery would become a nonnegotiable objective for him as the war progressed because of his own long-expressed abhorrence for the practice and because of the growing antislavery sentiment among his fellow Northerners.

His intransigence on the subject scuttled possibilities of a peace conference between the Union and the Confederacy in 1864.



A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. — Abraham Lincoln

a friend is one who has the same enemies as you have Abraham Lincoln quote

The best way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends. — Abraham Lincoln

The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends. — Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? — Abraham Lincoln

Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend? — Abraham Lincoln

If we have no friends, we have no pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them, and be doubly pained by the loss. — Abraham Lincoln

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A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet. — Abraham Lincoln

The world shall know that I will keep my faith to friends and enemies, come what will. — Abraham Lincoln

Think of strangers as friends you not met yet. — Abraham Lincoln

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down. — Abraham Lincoln

If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend. — Abraham Lincoln

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When someone asked Abraham Lincoln, after he was elected president, what he was going to do about his enemies, he replied, ‘I am going to destroy them. I am going to make them my friends. — Abraham Lincoln

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. — Abraham Lincoln

If you would win a man to your cause first convince him that you are his sincere friend. — Abraham Lincoln

Now if you should hear any one say that Lincoln don’t [sic] want to go to Congress, I wish you as a personal friend of mine, wouldtell him that you have reason to believe he is mistaken. — Abraham Lincoln

A long visit to a friend is often a great bore. Never make people twice glad. — Abraham Lincoln

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When I lay down the reins of this administration, I want to have one friend left. And that friend is myself. — Abraham Lincoln

What is Abraham Lincoln’s legacy?

For many, Abraham Lincoln has gone down in history as something of a martyr for his country.

That’s in part because of his assassination by John Wilkes Booth, which happened to occur on Good Friday—a connection that has been drawn time and again.

But Lincoln had already begun to be mythicized during his lifetime, some of his contemporaries drawing parallels between him and figures like George Washington.

Lincoln had his critics as well, particularly in the South: there were those who regarded him as an opponent to the values of personal freedom and states’ rights.



God can not be for, and against the same thing at the same time. — Abraham Lincoln

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, ‘Truth is the daughter of Time.’ — Abraham Lincoln

You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time. — Abraham Lincoln

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. — Abraham Lincoln

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No man resolved to make the most of himself has time to waste on personal contention. — Abraham Lincoln

The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. — Abraham Lincoln

The best thing about The future is that it comes one day at a time. — Abraham Lincoln

Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. — Abraham Lincoln

If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time. — Abraham Lincoln

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When you have got a ticket to send, and you’re not a top costumer, it’s best not to waste your time. — Abraham Lincoln

One company can serve some of your needs all of the time, or all of your needs some of the time, but never both. — Abraham Lincoln

A lawyer’s time and advice are his(her) stock in trade. — Abraham Lincoln

A man has not the time to spend half his life in quarrels. If any man ceases to attack me, I never remember the past against him. — Abraham Lincoln

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. — Abraham Lincoln

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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

It is for us and our time…to say the right makes might. — Abraham Lincoln

Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result. — Abraham Lincoln

What was Abraham Lincoln’s personal life like?

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a backwoods cabin in Kentucky.

His father was a pioneer and a farmer, and his mother was a deeply religious woman who died when Lincoln was young.

His father’s second wife adored Lincoln and is said to have stoked his love of learning.

Lincoln would go on to marry Mary Todd and have four boys with her, only one of whom survived into adulthood. Mary Todd Lincoln.

I … ran for Legislature [in 1832] … and was beaten–the only time I have been beaten by the people. — Abraham Lincoln


I believe I shall never be old enough to speak without embarrassment when I have nothing to talk about. — Abraham Lincoln

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Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong. — Abraham Lincoln

We cannot but believe that He who made the world still governs it. — Abraham Lincoln

I believe that people should fight for what they believe and only what they believe. — Abraham Lincoln

The trouble with too many people is they believe the realm of truth always lies within their vision. — Abraham Lincoln

I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. — Abraham Lincoln

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The probability that we may fail in The struggle ought not to deter us from The support of a cause we believe to be just. — Abraham Lincoln

I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God’s word because it finds me where I am. — Abraham Lincoln

We, on our side, are praying to Him to give us victory, because we believe we are right; but those on the other side pray to Him, look for victory, believing they are right. What must He think of us? — Abraham Lincoln

If we believe the Bible, we must accept the fact that, in the old days, God and his angels came to humans in their sleep and made themselves known in dreams. — Abraham Lincoln

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