Abraham Lincoln Quotes About Life


Work, work, work, is the main thing.
~Abraham Lincoln

The lady—bearer of this—says she has two sons who want to work. Set them at it, if possible. Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.
~Abraham Lincoln

I am in no boastful mood. I shall not do more than I can, and I shall do all I can to save the government, which is my sworn duty as well as my personal inclination. I shall do nothing in malice.
~Abraham Lincoln

What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing.
~Abraham Lincoln


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


My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age; and he grew up, literally without education.
~Abraham Lincoln

I hold the value of life is to improve one's condition. Whatever is calculated to advance the condition of the honest, struggling laboring man, so far as my judgment will enable me to judge of a correct thing, I am for that thing.
~Abraham Lincoln

I was born and have ever remaind [sic] in the most humble walks of life.
~Abraham Lincoln

The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
~Abraham Lincoln

Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.
~Abraham Lincoln

If you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.
~Abraham Lincoln

The taste is in my mouth a little; and this, no doubt, disqualifies me, to some extent, to form correct opinions.
~Abraham Lincoln

An exorbitant fee should never be claimed.
~Abraham Lincoln

The unpleasant events you are passing from will not have been profitless to you.
~Abraham Lincoln

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

I can and will pay it if it is right; but I don't wish to be "diddled!"
~Abraham Lincoln

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


Although what I am now to say is to be, in form, a reprimand, it is not intended to add a pang to what you have already suffered.
~Abraham Lincoln

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

I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful.
~Abraham Lincoln

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

Thus let bygones be bygones. Let past differences, as nothing be.
~Abraham Lincoln

[With the Union saved] its form of government is saved to the world; its beloved history, and cherished memories, are vindicated; and its happy future fully assured, and rendered inconceivably grand.
~Abraham Lincoln

In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last, best hope of earth.
~Abraham Lincoln

The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.
~Abraham Lincoln

Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.
~Abraham Lincoln

Some think him conceited, and arrogant; but has he not reason to entertain a rather extensive opinion of himself? Is he not the inventor and owner of the present, and sole hope of the future?
~Abraham Lincoln

Fair play is a jewell [sic]. Give him a chance if you can.
~Abraham Lincoln

I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel.
~Abraham Lincoln


The world will little note nor long remember what we say here.
~Abraham Lincoln

Remembering that when not a very great man begins to be mentioned for a very great position, his head is very likely to be a little turned, I concluded I am not the fittest person to answer the questions you ask.
~Abraham Lincoln

We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us.~Abraham Lincoln

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