152+ EXCLUSIVE Abraham Lincoln Quotes To See Life Differently

Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman, politician, and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

He is regarded as one of America’s greatest heroes due to his role as savior of the Union and emancipator of slaves. Thought provoking Abraham Lincoln quotes will broaden your perspective, make you wiser and bring the best out of you.

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Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

abraham lincoln quotes on future

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

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

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

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

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

The best way to predict your future is to create it. – 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

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. – Abraham Lincoln

abraham lincoln quotes about life

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

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

Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing. – Abraham Lincoln

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

abraham lincoln quotes about responbility

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes. – 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 good to those who hate you and turn their ill will to friendship. – Abraham Lincoln

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

abraham lincoln quotes inspirational

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

I will prepare and someday my chance will come. – Abraham Lincoln

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

Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility. – Abraham Lincoln

abraham lincoln quotes on happiness

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

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

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. – Abraham Lincoln

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

Memorable Abraham Lincoln Quotes

  • The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves. – Abraham Lincoln
  • We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. – Abraham Lincoln
  • A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. – Abraham Lincoln
  • A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – 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
  • I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. – Abraham Lincoln
  • For people who like that kind of a book that is the kind of book they will like. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot. – Abraham Lincoln
  • If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. – Abraham Lincoln
  • When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln
  • You have to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. – 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
  • And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
  • All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. – Abraham Lincoln
  • You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. – 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
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. – Abraham Lincoln
  • If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. – Abraham Lincoln
  • It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody. – Abraham Lincoln
  • That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other thing. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I have a congenital aversion to failure. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – 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 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
  • The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. – Abraham Lincoln
  • We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety clouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. – Abraham Lincoln
  • What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite. – Abraham Lincoln

Famous Abraham Lincoln Quotes About Life, Success, Leadership and Adversity

  • I claim not to have controlled events but confess plainly that events have controlled me. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you cannot fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer who remarked to a companion once that ‘it was not best to swap horses while crossing streams’. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement, I have the best of the bargain. – Abraham Lincoln
  • The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. – Abraham Lincoln
  • This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. – Abraham Lincoln
  • As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. – Abraham Lincoln
  • In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature – opposite to it, in his love of justice. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • No man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent. I say this is the leading principle–the sheet anchor of American republicanism. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Let us remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God bless the women of America! – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war, it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party – and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. – Abraham Lincoln
  • No man is poor who has a Godly mother. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • The United States government must not undertake to run the Churches. When an individual, in the Church or out of it, becomes dangerous to the public interest he must be checked. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • The legitimate object of government is to do for the people what needs to be done, but which they cannot, by individual effort, for at all, or do so well, for themselves. – Abraham Lincoln
  • A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln

Greatest Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Democracy, Education and Freedom

  • I desire to so conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. – Abraham Lincoln
  • The ballot is stronger than the bullet. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. – 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • I can make a General in five minutes, but a good horse is hard to replace. – 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
  • I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. – Abraham Lincoln
  • We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely, they will be, by the better angels of our nature. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • I distrust the wisdom if not the sincerity of friends who would hold my hands while my enemies stab me. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself. – Abraham Lincoln
  • All I have learned, I learned from books. – Abraham Lincoln
  • When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Everybody likes a compliment. – Abraham Lincoln
  • If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. – Abraham Lincoln
  • If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. – 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
  • I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. – Abraham Lincoln
  • We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • Don’t worry when you are not recognized but strive to be worthy of recognition. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln
  • No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. – Abraham Lincoln
  • A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. – Abraham Lincoln
  • If you think you can slander a woman into loving you, or a man into voting for you, try it till you are satisfied. – 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
  • I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. – Abraham Lincoln
  • I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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. – Abraham Lincoln

1 thought on “152+ EXCLUSIVE Abraham Lincoln Quotes To See Life Differently”

  1. I needed this one today-

    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.

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