Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others. I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind. Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling. I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. The one victory we can ever call complete will be that one which proclaims that there is not one slave or one drunkard on the face of God’s green earth. You think slavery is right and should be extended; while we think slavery is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us. Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be. If we have no friends, we have no pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them, and be doubly pained by the loss.
Abraham Lincoln Quotes In English Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read. In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement. 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. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. Mr. Clay’s education, to the end of his life, was comparatively limited. I say to the end of his life, because I have understood that, from time to time, he added something to his education during the greater part of his whole life. Mr. Clay’s lack of a more perfect early education, however, it may be regretted generally, teaches at least one profitable lesson; it teaches that in this country, one can scarcely be so poor, but that, if he will, he can acquire sufficient education to get through the world respectably. Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles. Whatever you are, be a good one.
Abraham Lincoln Quotes In English I have a congenital aversion to failure. I distrust the wisdom if not the sincerity of friends who would hold my hands while my enemies stab me. 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. Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature — opposition to it, in his love of justice. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong. -Abraham Lincoln 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 Quotes In English I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has. I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal. The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations. All I have learned, I learned from books. 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. Life is hard but so very beautiful A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home. The ballot is stronger than the bullet. -Abraham Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln Quotes In English America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. 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. In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. If you think you can slander a woman into loving you, or a man into voting for you, try it till you are satisfied. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. If you would win a man to your cause first convince him that you are his sincere friend. I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Abraham Lincoln Quotes In English When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. All I ask for the negro is that if you do not like him, let him alone. If God gave him but little, that little let him enjoy. And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. -Abraham Lincoln The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man’s course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle. Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility. A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. 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. We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
Abraham Lincoln Quotes In English When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it. 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. Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.