Quotations From ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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  • 41.
    I have just read your dispatch about sore tongued and fatiegued [sic] horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietem that fatigue anything?
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to George B. McClellan, Oct. 24, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 474, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 42.
    I wish to see, in process of disappearing, that only thing which ever could bring this nation to civil war.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Henry W. Hoffman, Oct. 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 41, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 43.
    Holding myself the humblest of all whose names were before the convention, I feel in especial need of the assistance of all.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Salmon P. Chase, May 26, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 53, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 44.
    If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what you will, is the great high-road to his reason, and which, when once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing his judgment of the justice of your cause.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. address, Feb. 22, 1842, to the Washingtonian Temperance Society, Springfield, Illinois.

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  • 45.
    You may have a wen or a cancer upon your person and not be able to cut it out lest you bleed to death; but surely it is no way to cure it, to engraft it and spread it over your whole body.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. seventh and last debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Alton, Illinois, Oct. 15, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 313, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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  • 46.
    When I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher to the Rule of Three.... The little advance I now have upon this store of education, I have picked up from time to time under the pressure of necessity.
    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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  • 47.
    The matter of fees is important, far beyond the mere question of bread and butter involved. Properly attended to, fuller justice is done to both lawyer and client.
    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).

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  • 48.
    I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
    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).
  • 49.
    Beware of rashness. Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward, and give us victories.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Joseph Hooker, Jan. 26, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 78, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • 50.
    These men ask for just the same thing—fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Leonard Swett, May 30, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 57, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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