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Quotations From ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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  • 91.
    An exorbitant fee should never be claimed.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Fragment, notes for a law lecture, July 1, 1850? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 81, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 92.
    The unpleasant events you are passing from will not have been profitless to you.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to James M. Cutts, Jr., Oct. 26, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 538, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 93.
    If any personal description of me is thought desirable, it may be said, I am, in height, six feet, four inches, nearly; lean in flesh, weighing, on an average, one hundred and eighty pounds; dark complexion, with course black hair, and grey eyes—no other marks or brands recollected.
    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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  • 94.
    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 (1809-1865), U.S. president. Speech at Peoria, Illinois, Oct 16, 1854. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 266, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 95.
    Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. second inaugural address, Mar. 4, 1865. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 332, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 96.
    If I had my way, this war would never have been commenced. If I had been allowed my way this war would have been ended before this.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Eliza P. Gurney, Oct. 26, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 478, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 97.
    I can and will pay it if it is right; but I don't wish to be "diddled!"
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to William M. Dickson, June 7, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 72, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 98.
    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 (1809-1865), U.S. president. reply to the New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association, Mar. 21, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 259, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 99.
    Yet in all our rejoicing let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling towards any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. remarks at Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 20, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 142, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 100.
    Our common country is in great peril, demanding the loftiest views, and boldest action to bring it speedy relief.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Appeal to border state representatives to favor compensated emancipation (July 12, 1862). Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 319, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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