Famous People Quotes Abraham Lincoln Quotes about freedom, democracy and leadership

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 the 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.

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

We have collected some famous Abraham Lincoln quotes, Abraham lincoln power quotes, Abraham lincoln sayings, Abraham lincoln quotes on slavery.

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Check out these Abraham Lincoln Quotes.

Famous Lincoln Quotes


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

  • “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
  • “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
  • “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
  • “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

  • “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”
  • “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”
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  • “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”
  • “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
  • “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
  • “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
  • “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.”

  • “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”
  • “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”
  • “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
  • “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.”
  • “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
  • “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”
  • “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.”

  • “I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.”
  • “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
  • “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.”
  • “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
  • “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”
  • “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
  • “I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. ”

President Lincoln Quotes

  • You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
  • If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
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Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Slavery


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
  • Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
  • Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.

Abraham Lincoln Internet Quote

  • The problem with internet quotes is that you cannot always depend on their accuracy.

(frequently seen on Facebook posts, i.e Not Verified)

Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Life


  • There can be glory in failure and despair in success.
  • Never regret what you don’t write.
  • Everybody likes a compliment.
  • Whatever you are, be a good one.
  • The secret to success is preparation.

  • Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
  • 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.
  • Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
  • Bad promises are better broken than kept.
  • All creation is a mine, and every man a miner.
  • In this troublesome world, we are never quite satisfied.
  • 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.
  • Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.

  • A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.
  • Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.

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