28 Wonderful Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Abraham Lincoln was an American politician, lawyer, and 16th President of the United States until his assassination in April 1865. Leading the United States through one of its bloodiest wars, the Civil War, Lincoln was responsible with abolishing slavery, strengthening the government and modernizing the nation. Here is a look at some of the most monumental Abraham Lincoln quotes ever recorded.

“A day spent helping no one but yourself is a day wasted.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”


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

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“In a word, I would not take any risk of being entangled upon the river, like an ox jumped half over a fence, and liable to be torn by dogs, front and rear, without a fair chance to gore one way or kick the other.”

“It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”

“Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy.”

“The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.”

“The proportions of this rebellion were not for a long time understood. I saw that it involved the greatest difficulties, and would call forth all the powers of the whole country.”

“There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.”

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”

“Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.”

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”

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

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

“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.”

Here is a brief biography of Abraham Lincoln’s life from his early years in Kentucky to his time as President.