Abraham Lincoln Quotes about Freedom, Democracy and Leadership

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Abraham Lincoln (12 February 1809 – 15 April 185) was the sixteenth President of the United States. His tenure was from 1861 to 1865. We will see Abraham Lincoln Quotes about freedom, democracy, and leadership in this post.

He was born into a poor family who did not have a good home to live in nor any means of getting an education for children. They used to seek books from different places and read at night in the light of the stove fire and get knowledge.

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He was a skilled politician as well as a book-lover, serious thinker, and writer.

Find inspiration from his many wise words courtesy of these Abraham Lincoln quotes from his most famous speeches and writings.

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Famous Abraham Lincoln Quotes

1. “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

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2. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

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

5. “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

7. “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” – Abraham Lincoln

8. “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

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

10. “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln

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11. “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” – Abraham Lincoln

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

13. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

15. “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” – Abraham Lincoln

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16. “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

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

19. “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

20. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln

21. “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” – Abraham Lincoln

22. “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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23. “I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

25. “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

27. “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

28. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

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29. “I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. ” – Abraham Lincoln

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30. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

31. “If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” – Abraham Lincoln

32. “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 by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

33. “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” – Abraham Lincoln

34. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

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35. “For my part, I desire to see the time when education – and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise, and industry – shall become much more general than at present, and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate the happy period.” – Abraham Lincoln

36. “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.” – Abraham Lincoln

37. “A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.” – Abraham Lincoln

38. “How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” – Abraham Lincoln

39. “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.” – Abraham Lincoln

40. “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” – Abraham Lincoln

41. “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

42. “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln’s Quotes on Slavery

43. “Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature – opposition to it is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.” – Abraham Lincoln

44. “I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think and feel.” – Abraham Lincoln

45. “I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

47. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.” – Abraham Lincoln

48. “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in that we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

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49. “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

50. “No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.” – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Life

51. “There can be glory in failure and despair in success.” – Abraham Lincoln

52. “Never regret what you don’t write.” – Abraham Lincoln

53. “Everybody likes a compliment.” – Abraham Lincoln

54. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

55. “The secret to success is preparation.” – Abraham Lincoln

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56. “Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.” – Abraham Lincoln

57. “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.” – Abraham Lincoln

58. “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” – Abraham Lincoln

59. “Bad promises are better broken than kept.” – Abraham Lincoln

60. “All creation is a mine, and every man a miner.” – Abraham Lincoln

61. “In this troublesome world, we are never quite satisfied.” – Abraham Lincoln

62. “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” – Abraham Lincoln

63. “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” – Abraham Lincoln

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64. “A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” – Abraham Lincoln

65. “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.” – Abraham Lincoln

66. “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

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

68. “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln

69. “Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.” – Abraham Lincoln

70. “Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent.” – Abraham Lincoln

71. “You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.” – Abraham Lincoln

72. “Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.” – Abraham Lincoln

73. “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” – Abraham Lincoln

74. “For people who like that kind of a book that is the kind of book they will like.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

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