99 Powerful Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Life and Leadership [2021]

99 Powerful Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Life and Leadership [2021]

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and is regarded as one of America's greatest heroes owing to his role as savior of the Union and emancipator of enslaved people.

He served for a time as a soldier in the Black Hawk War, taught himself law, and held a seat in the Illinois state legislature as a Whig politician in the 1830s.

He established the independent Department of Agriculture, created numerous universities, established the US National Banking System and is also behind the progressive nature of income tax in US.

We've put together an incredible collection of Abraham Lincoln quotes to read.

Here they are:


List of Inspiring Abraham Lincoln Quotes

"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right."

"Whatever you are, be a good one."

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power."

"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves."

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

"I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down."

"I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better."

"He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help."

"I am a slow walker, but I never walk back."

"I would rather be a little nobody than to be an evil somebody."

"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion."

"To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own."

"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."

"Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing."

"I will prepare and some day my chance will come."

"If you would win a man to your cause first convince him that you are his sincere friend."

"The best way to predict your future is to create it."

"There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes."

"Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time."

"Tact – the ability to describe others as they see themselves."

"Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it."

"And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years."

"I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." https://graciousquotes.com/abraham-lincoln-quotes/

"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well."

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."

"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

"It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong."

"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."

"Every person’s happiness is their own responsibility."

"Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be."

"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have."

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."

"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."

"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

"I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."

"All I have learned, I learned from books."

"Life is hard but so very beautiful."

"The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships."

"I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise."

“The legitimate object of government is ‘to do for the people what needs to be done, but which they can not, by individual effort, do at all, or do so well, for themselves.”

“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.”

“The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.”

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.”

"Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure."

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

"Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did."

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free."

"Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today."

"We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing."

"Our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

"Do good to those who hate you and turn their ill will to friendship."

"If the great American people will only keep their temper, on both sides of the line, the troubles will come to an end…"

"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

"The people will save their government if the government itself will allow them."

"Common-looking people are the best in the world – that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them."

"Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."

"We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection."

"If all do not join now to save the good old ship of the Union this voyage nobody will have a chance to pilot her on another voyage."

"I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement, I have the best of the bargain."

"Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong."

"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day."

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed."

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

"Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed."

"No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar."

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

"Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent."

"A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home."

"Let us remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling."

"A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me."

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other thing."

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

"Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality."

"I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

"I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot."

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

"If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again."

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy."

"I have a congenital aversion to failure."

"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land."

"I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has."

"What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree."

"We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety clouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read."

"There shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal."

"My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it."

"The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity."

"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong."

"Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature – opposite to it, in his love of justice."

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."

"I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace."

"There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law."

"Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy."

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