Quotations by Abraham Lincoln :
"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
"You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was."
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
"Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old."
"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."
"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. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."
"I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me."
"I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends."
"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."
"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."
"I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views."
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."
"If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it."
"Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."
"Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."
"No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."
"Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors."
"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."
"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."
"You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence."
"The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously;
and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing
how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.'
"It is the unseen and the spiritual in people
that determines the outward and the actual."
"Belief in yourself, belief in your abilities,
will override fear almost every time. The only thing we are afraid of is
what we are capable of accomplishing."
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