Abraham Lincoln Quotes About Good


You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm.
~Abraham Lincoln

I understand that it is a maxim of law, that a poor plea may be a good plea to a bad declaration.
~Abraham Lincoln

In law it is a good policy to never plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you can not.
~Abraham Lincoln

To [secure] to each labourer the whole product of his labour, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government.
~Abraham Lincoln

Gold is good in its place; but living, brave, patriotic men, are better than gold.
~Abraham Lincoln

The strongest bond of human sympathy, outside of the family relation, should be one uniting all working people, of all nations, and tongues, and kindreds.
~Abraham Lincoln

My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families—second families, perhaps I should say.
~Abraham Lincoln


The signs look better. The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea. Thanks to the great North-West for it. Nor yet wholly to them.... The job was a great national one.
~Abraham Lincoln

You already know I desire that neither Father or Mother shall be in want of any comfort either in health or sickness while they live.
~Abraham Lincoln

In the hope that it may be no intrusion upon the sacredness of your sorrow, I have ventured to address you this tribute to the memory of my young friend, and your brave and early fallen child. May God give you that consolation which is beyond all earthly power.
~Abraham Lincoln

In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party.
~Abraham Lincoln

Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.
~Abraham Lincoln

To you, more than to any others, the privilege is given, to assure that happiness [of saving the Union], and swell that grandeur, and to link your own names therewith forever.
~Abraham Lincoln


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

Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.
~Abraham Lincoln

Having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.
~Abraham Lincoln

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

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

The signs look better. The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea. Thanks to the great North-West for it. Nor yet wholly to them.... The job was a great national one.
~Abraham Lincoln

I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
~Abraham Lincoln

Twenty-two years ago Judge [then-Senator Stephen] Douglas and I first became acquainted. We were both young then; he a trifle younger than I. Even then, we were both ambitious; I, perhaps, quite as much so as he. With me, the race of ambition has been a failure—a flat failure; with him it has been one of splendid success.
~Abraham Lincoln


I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the Army and the Government needed a Dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those generals who gain success, can set up dictators.
~Abraham Lincoln

The strongest bond of human sympathy, outside of the family relation, should be one uniting all working people, of all nations, and tongues, and kindreds.
~Abraham Lincoln

The signs look better. The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea. Thanks to the great North-West for it. Nor yet wholly to them.... The job was a great national one.
~Abraham Lincoln

Holding myself the humblest of all whose names were before the convention, I feel in especial need of the assistance of all.
~Abraham Lincoln

I have no wealthy or popular relations to recommend me.
~Abraham Lincoln

No one has needed favours more than I, and generally, few have been less unwilling to accept them; but in this case, favour to me, would be injustice to the public, and therefore I must beg your pardon for declining it.
~Abraham Lincoln

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

Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
~Abraham Lincoln

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