30 Wise Abraham Lincoln Quotes


The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. - Abraham Lincoln

Photo of Abraham Lincoln reading a book with his youngest son


When you hear the name Abraham Lincoln what is the first thing that comes to your mind? The beard? Alright, what’s the second thing? There you go – unbelievably smart quotes.

The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln is the man who abolished slavery and reformed American economy. Before he was assassinated in the 1865, he said some pretty clever things.

Here is the list of the most famous Abraham Lincoln quotes.


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


Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.


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


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


I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.


Better remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.


Whatever you are, be a good one.


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


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


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


I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. - Abraham Lincoln

Photo of Abraham Lincoln in 1860

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


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


I don’t like that man. I’m going to have to get to know him better.


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


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


When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that’s my religion.


How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.


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


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


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


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


I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. - Abraham Lincoln

Photo of Abraham Lincoln, two months before he was killed

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


Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me.


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


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


If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already.


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


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


No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.


Quick facts about Abraham Lincoln

  • He was born in 1809 and was killed on April 15, 1865
  • He was 16th President of the United States
  • He lost five separate elections before he became president
  • He abolished slavery
  • He had four kids

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