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Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
16th president of US [more author details]
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'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
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Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
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Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
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.
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Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
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Abraham Lincoln, Annual message to Congress, December 1, 1862
There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration.
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Abraham Lincoln, Congressional Record, April 15, 1942
While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.
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Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Adress, march 4, 1861
I do the very best I know how-the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
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Abraham Lincoln, Francis Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, 1867
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
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Abraham Lincoln, in a book review
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
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Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to J. M. Cutts, October 26, 1863
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
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Abraham Lincoln, letter to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, July 18, 1864
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln's Own Stories
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
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Abraham Lincoln, speech in Washington D.C., 1865
We know nothing of what will happen in the future, but in the analogy of experience.
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Abraham Lincoln, Speech on the sub-Treasury, December 26, 1839
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
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Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
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Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
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Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

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