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Quotations From ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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  • 1.
    The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives on internal improvements, June 20, 1848. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 484, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 2.
    The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 537, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 3.
    Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to William H. Herndon, July 10, 1848. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1. P. 497, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 4.
    In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Fanny McCullough, Dec. 23, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 16, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 5.
    So long as I have been here I have not willingly planted a thorn in any man's bosom.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. response to a serenade, Nov. 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 101, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 6.
    Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech at a Republican banquet, Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 10, 1856. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 385, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 7.
    I ... ran for Legislature [in 1832] ... and was beaten—the only time I have been beaten by the people.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Jesse W. Fell, Dec. 20, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 511, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 8.
    If the union of these States, and the liberties of this people, shall be lost, it is but little to any one man of fifty-two years of age, but a great deal to the thirty millions of people who inhabit these United States, and to their posterity in all coming time.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. reply to Oliver P. Morton at Indianapolis, Indiana, Feb. 11, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 194, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 9.
    What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech, Feb. 27, 1860, New York City. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, ed. Roy P. Basler (1953).
  • 10.
    Our down East friends, did, indeed, treat me with great kindness, demonstrating what I before believed, that all good, intelligent people are very much alike.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to William Gooding, Apr. 6, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 36, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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