67 Abraham Lincoln Quotes (Equality)

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Inspirational Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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.

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 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.
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
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. 
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
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.  Abraham Lincoln Quotes
Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.
Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them. Abraham Lincoln
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. Abraham Lincoln
Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.  Abraham Lincoln
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. Abraham Lincoln
Good things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Good things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.  Abraham Lincoln
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.  Abraham Lincoln
 You can tell the greatness of a someone by what makes them angry.
You can tell the greatness of a someone by what makes them angry. Abraham Lincoln
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. 
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.  Abraham Lincoln Quotes
I do not think much of a person who is not wiser today than they were yesterday. 
I do not think much of a person who is not wiser today than they were yesterday.  Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln on Life

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lincoln
The best way to predict your future is to create it. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
The best way to predict your future is to create it. Abraham Lincoln
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln
I will prepare and someday my chance will come.
I will prepare and someday my chance will come. Abraham Lincoln
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves. 
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.  Abraham Lincoln
Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.  Abraham Lincoln
A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the unsolved ones. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the unsolved ones.  Abraham Lincoln

Famous Quotes by Abraham Lincoln

A house divided against itself cannot stand.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Abraham Lincoln
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln Quotes 
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.  Abraham Lincoln
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. Abraham Lincoln
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.  Abraham Lincoln
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 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. Abraham Lincoln
No one has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
No one has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. 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.
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
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln
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.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
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. Abraham Lincoln
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
Avoid popularity if you would have peace. 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. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
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.  Abraham Lincoln
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. Abraham Lincoln
The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust. Abraham Lincoln Quotes
The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust. 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 Quotes
America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.  Abraham Lincoln, The Emancipation Proclamation
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus so far nobly advanced.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus so far nobly advanced. 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. 
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
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 Quotes 
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
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.  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. 
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
The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present.
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.  Abraham Lincoln
 I never despair of sustaining myself before the people upon any measure that will stand a full investigation.
 I never despair of sustaining myself before the people upon any measure that will stand a full investigation. Abraham Lincoln
The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves -- in their separate, and individual capacities.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual capacities.  Abraham Lincoln

Biography

Abraham Lincoln (nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail-Splitter, or the Great Emancipator) was born on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was the 16th President of the United States of America, elected in November 1860.

He was raised in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. His parents were poor pioneers and he was mostly self-taught all through his life with a love of jokes, hard work, and reading.

As a young adult, he worked as a flatboat navigator, worked at a store, and was a soldier, surveyor, and postmaster. When he was 25 he was elected to the local government in Springfield, Illinois.  He taught himself law, opened a law practice, and became a lawyer, and there is where he received the nickname “Honest Abe.”

Before going after the United States Presidency, he served 4 consecutive terms in the Illinois state legislature.

He was a savvy leader, a self-taught lawyer, legislator, military strategist, and most importantly a vocal opponent of slavery.

Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. paved the way for slaves of the Confederate states in rebellion against the Union could be freed.

He is also known for his speech, The Gettysburg Address, delivered after the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as his second inaugural in 1865, they are both considered some of the most famous pieces of oratory in the history of the United States of America. The Gettysburg Address speech was given to memorialize a new national cemetery in Gettysburg, PA during the American Civil War. The Gettysburg Address’s significance is to give meaning to the lives of soldiers who had died during the war.

 “In his second inauguration speech on March 4, 1865, he set the tone he intended to take when the war finally ended. His one goal, he said, was “lasting peace among ourselves.” He called for “malice towards none” and “charity for all.” The war ended only a month later.” (Source)

Abraham Lincoln died on April 14, 1865. He was assassinated by Confederate John Wilkes Booth, an actor, after he made his way into the President’s box at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Lincoln’s assassination made him a martyr of liberty. Lincoln’sassassination was part of a larger plan to get rid of the Northern government by Booth.

Lincoln is widely regarded by historians as one of the greatest presidents in the United States history due to the way he lead during the war and because of the results of that leadership on the nation.

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