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Quotations From ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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  • 161.
    Military glory—the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech, Jan. 12, 1848, to the House of Representatives. Arguing against the war with Mexico.

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  • 162.
    My case is thrown exclusively upon the independent voters of this county, and if elected they will have conferred a favor upon me, for which I shall be unremitting in my labors to compensate.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. communication to the people of Sangamo County, Mar. 9, 1832. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 8, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 163.
    The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Joseph Gillespie, July 13, 1849. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 57, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 164.
    Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better, or equal hope, in the world?
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. first inaugural address, Mar. 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 270, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 165.
    We can succeed only by concert. It is not "Can any of us imagine better?" but "can we all do better?"
    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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  • 166.
    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 (1809-1865), U.S. president. address before the Young Men's Lyceum, Springfield, Illinois, Jan. 27, 1838. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 112, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 167.
    Now, and ever, I shall do all in my power for peace, consistently with the maintenance of government.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Thomas H. Hicks and George W. Brown, Apr. 20, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 340, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 168.
    It is bad to be poor. I shall go to the wall for bread and meat, if I neglect my business this year as well as last.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Hawkins Taylor, Sep. 6, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 400, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 169.
    Let us, therefore, study the incidents of this [war], as philosophy to learn wisdom from, and none of them as wrongs to be revenged.
    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).

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  • 170.
    Now that the election is over, may not all, having a common interest, re-unite in a common effort, to save our common country?
    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).
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