Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
President Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
President Abraham Lincoln.
BornFebruary 12, 1809
Hodgenville, Kentucky
DiedApril 15, 1865
Washington, D.C.
Sixteenth President of the United States 1861-1865. Successfully led the country through the Civil War and was assassinated five days after the South surrendered. Only other national elected office was one term in the House of Representatives 1847-1849.

The repository contains 31 quotes from President Abraham Lincoln.
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The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.


People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.


We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object and confident promise of putting and end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Illinois Republican State Convention
June 1858


It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.


Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.


Determine that a thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.


No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.


Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.

Right and Wrong

If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me wonít amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.


Marriage is neither heaven nor hell. It is simply purgatory.


It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.


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


Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.


Common looking people are the best in the world; that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.


To an Army quartermaster who said that he would like to pay his respects:

From the complaints of the soldiers, I guess thatís about all any of you do pay.


He who does something at the head of one regiment will eclipse him who does nothing a the head of a hundred.


He who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false is guilty of falsehood, and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him.


I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.


When asked by a priest to suspend a convict's death sentence:

If I donít suspend it tonight, the man will surely be suspended tomorrow.


If the Almighty had ever made a set of men that should do all the eating and none of the work, He would mave made them with mouths only and no hands.

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