Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.

 

What I want is to get done what the people desire to have done, and the question for me is how to find that out exactly.

 

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

 

The Democracy of to-day holds the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing when in conflict with another mans right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar; but in cases of conflict, the man before the dollar.

 

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.

 

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision.

 

To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.

 

The money power preys on the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.

 

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.

President Lincoln was once criticized for his attitude toward his enemies. “Why do you try to make friends of them?” asked an associate. “You should try to destroy them.” “Am I not destroying my enemies,” Lincoln gently replied, “when I make them my friends?”

If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.

 

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.

 

The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.

 

I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that “it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.

 

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.

 

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.

 

He has a right to criticize, who has the heart to help.

 

A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall. So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.

 

If friendship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.

 

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.

 

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