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Abraham Lincoln

"As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you"--Abe Lincoln

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Before reading Abe Lincoln quotes below, please take time to read his Gettysburg Address. 

Gettysburg Address

Lincoln Quotes

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them friends?"

1861-First Annual Message to Congress, "Inasmuch as most good things are produced by labor, it follows that as such things ought to belong to those whose labor has produced them.  But it has happened in all ages of the world that some have labored, and others, without labor, have enjoyed a larger proportion of the fruits.  This is wrong, and should not continue.  To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor as nearly as possible is a worthy object of any good government."

"I like to see man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man who lives in it so that his place will be proud of him"

 

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet"

 

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.  And  under a just god, cannot long retain it" 

Lincoln reviews a book:

"For those who like this kind of a book, this is the kind of a book they will like"

11-21-1864-Letter to Mrs. Bixby

Dear Madam:I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Mass. that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.  I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so  overwhelming, but I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic that they died to save.  I pray that the Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.  Yours very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time"

"Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."

"If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one?"

"Everything that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my sainted mother."

"Our progress in degeneracy appears to be pretty rapid.  As a Nation we began by declaring that "all men are created equal, except Negroes" When the know-nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics."  when it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty."











 

Government issues, forms to download and lots of interesting things. A good website to keep informed on what is going on in Washington.