Abraham Lincoln

When I do good, I feel good; when I don't do good, I don't feel good.

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.


Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.

The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Sinning in silence, when they should protest, makes cowards out of men.


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


If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.

I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be new views.


Example is not the main thing in influencing other people; it’s the only thing.


You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.


No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

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.


Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it by being a slave himself


That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.

That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.

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

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

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 the light that I have.


'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.


That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.

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