23 Inspiring Abraham Lincoln Quotes


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th President of the United States. His election to the presidency hastened the American Civil War because of his determination to end the expansion of slavery. He was prone to fits of depression throughout his life, including his time in the White House. Yet, he said some of the most inspiring and noble words ever uttered in American history.

  1. I will prepare and someday my chance will come.

  2. Whatever you are, be a good one.

  3. That some achieve great success is proof that others can achieve it as well.

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

  5. No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent.

  6. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

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

  8. When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.

  9. 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 by the light that I have. 

  10. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

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

  12. Always remember that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

  13. Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

  14. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

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

  16. I have always found that mercy bears richer fruit than strict justice.

  17. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

  18. The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

  19. We be too big to take offense and to noble to give it.

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

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

  22. If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.

  23. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise to the occasion.