Abraham Lincoln – Notable Quotes on Character, Mankind & the United States

No matter who you are, the name Abraham Lincoln brings about some kind of thoughtful response.  Everyone who knows anything about the man has some kind of belief associated with him.  The thing that I find most interesting is that of all the historical figures from the United States, I cannot think of a single person who is almost completely thought about in a positive and revered manner.  The fact of the matter is that most people do not know that much about Abraham Lincoln the man, nor have they researched his system of beliefs.  This is the primary reason so few negative associations are made with the man.  However, despite the shortcomings that an informed look at the historical record can show us, those few shortcomings are visible only through the lens of present-day understanding.  In the end, Abraham Lincoln is one of my all time favorite historic figures.  He changed The United States forever and therefore the world.  His determination to preserve the Union at all costs created a ripple effect of transition that spanned the globe and the effects of his convictions are still evident in many areas of the world today.

Abraham Lincoln on character

President Lincoln with his son

President Lincoln with his son

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

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

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

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

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

“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”

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Abraham Lincoln on The United States of America

The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial

“Do not interfere with anything in the Constitution.  That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

“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.

“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

“All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.”

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“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.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

Abraham Lincoln – my favorites

President Lincoln meeting with officers during the Civil War

President Lincoln meeting with officers during the Civil War

“I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

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

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

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

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.

“Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.”

 The words of this great American leader ring throughout history and are testament to the grand ideas that fortified and strengthened our nation as it evolved from a fledgling country into one that gained the poise needed to rise to international prominence.