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The 71 Best Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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Abraham Lincoln is perhaps the most quoted person of all time.

There is a good reason for this. The man had a way with words.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best, most insightful, and inspirational Abraham Lincoln quotes. Some of these quotes are famous, several are more obscure. But they are all awesome. Let’s get to it.

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.Abraham Lincoln

Whatever you are, be a good one.Abraham Lincoln


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

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.Abraham Lincoln

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

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.Abraham Lincoln

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.Abraham Lincoln

My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.Abraham Lincoln

Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.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

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.Abraham Lincoln


Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.Abraham Lincoln

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.Abraham Lincoln

A tendency to melancholy…let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.Abraham Lincoln

I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.Abraham Lincoln

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?Abraham Lincoln

Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.Abraham Lincoln

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.Abraham Lincoln

All I have learned, I have learned from books.Abraham Lincoln

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.Abraham Lincoln

No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.Abraham Lincoln

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.Abraham Lincoln

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.Abraham Lincoln

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


Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.Abraham Lincoln

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.Abraham Lincoln

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.Abraham Lincoln

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?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

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.Abraham Lincoln

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.Abraham Lincoln

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

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.Abraham Lincoln

No man is poor who has a Godly mother.Abraham Lincoln

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.Abraham Lincoln

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 not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.Abraham Lincoln

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.Abraham Lincoln

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.Abraham Lincoln

My father taught me to work, but not 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

Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.Abraham Lincoln

Life is hard, but so very beautiful.

I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.Abraham Lincoln

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

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.Abraham Lincoln

I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.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

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

It’s not me who can’t keep a secret. It’s the people I tell that can’t.Abraham Lincoln

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

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.Abraham Lincoln

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

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.Abraham Lincoln

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.Abraham Lincoln

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

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.Abraham Lincoln

The best way to predict your future is to create it.Abraham Lincoln

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.Abraham Lincoln

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.Abraham Lincoln

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

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.Abraham Lincoln

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.Abraham Lincoln

I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.Abraham Lincoln

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.Abraham Lincoln

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