“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. ”
“Avoid popularity if you would have peace.”
“Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.”
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. ”
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ”
“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
“Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
“I can make more generals, but horses cost money.”
“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.”
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
“I will prepare and some day my chance will come. ”
“In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ”
“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. ”
“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.”
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. ”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. ”
“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. ”
“Sir, 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. ”
“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”
“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”
“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. ”
“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.”
“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. ”
“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.”
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. ”
“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. ”
“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
“When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.”
“When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run. ”
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.”
“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”
Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States . He was born on February 12, 1809. He led the United States through the American Civil War. He preserved the union, abolished slavery and promoted financial modernization. His father was Thomas Lincoln and his mother was Nancy Lincoln. They lived in a one-room log cabin in Hardin County , Kentucky . His father was a very wealthy man, the richest one in the county, but he lost it all due to faulty property titles. Lincoln disliked the hard labor that had to be done in the frontier and some considered him lazy. However, he soon grew into, and accepted his responsibilities as a man in the family and became an expert axeman in building rail fences. Lincoln grew increasingly distant with his father, mainly due to his father's lack of an education. While Lincoln himself hadn't had much formal education, he was an avid reader and taught himself.
Lincoln married his wife, Mary Todd, on November 4, 1842. They had previously been engaged but it had been broken at Lincoln's behest. They had four children together: Robert Todd, Edward Baker, Willie, and Tad. The only child to survive to adulthood was Robert. They were greatly affected. Lincoln fell into a depression and Mary was briefly committed to a mental institute.
Lincoln was first introduced to politics when he ran for the Illinois General Assembly in 1832. He gained local popularity but lost the election most likely due to his lack of education, wealth and powerful friends. He went on to become postmaster and county surveyor. Then he campaigned in 1834 and won the seat on the state legislature. He was admitted to the bar in 1836 and went into a partnership with John T. Stuart. He served four successive terms in the Illinois House of Representatives. He voted to expand suffrage to all white males, not only land owners. He opposed slavery and abolitionism. He supported economic modernization and urbanization. Lincoln stated, in his Peoria speech, that he abhorred slavery.
In 1858 the state Republican Party then nominated him for the U.S. Senate. He lost that election. In 1860 he received his first endorsement for the presidency. He was supported by his friends and followers. He was the only candidate who didn't give speeches; rather he monitored the campaign and relied on the support of the Republican Party. He became President of the United States.
The American Civil War began. Lincoln expanded his war powers and imposed a blockade on all of the Confederate shipping ports. He also suspended habeas corpus and arrested hundreds of Confederate sympathizers. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862 and it took effect on January 1, 1863. It declared all slaves to be free. Then the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address occurred. In the Gettysburg Address Lincoln defined the war in terms of liberty and equality. In 1864 Lincoln was reelected and the reconstruction began.
On April 14, 1865 President Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theater. John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln 's killer, was a Confederate spy. He crept up behind Lincoln when the President was unguarded and shot him point-blank range in the back of the head. Lincoln died on April 15, 1865.