Abraham Lincoln Quotes 169 Sourced Quotes

Abraham Lincoln (12 February 1809 – 15 April 1865) was the 16th President of the United States of America and led the country to victory during the American Civil War.

Here are 169 real Abraham Lincoln quotes ordered by their popularity online. The most quoted quotes on the web appear first. Questionable and fake quotes are excluded. Sources and related information are shown after each quote. We hope you find these quotes useful. If there is anything we can do to improve this article, your feedback is welcome. If you find these quotes helpful, please share them.

1. “‘Why, madam,’ Lincoln replied, ‘do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?’”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#1

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#1

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#1

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#1

Source and Related Info: Abraham Lincoln in response to an elderly lady who had chastised him for not calling Southerners, who he had referred to as fellow human beings who were in error, irreconcilable enemies who must be destroyed. See Robert Greene, Jost Elfers, The 48 Laws of Power (London, Great Britain: PROFILE BOOKS LTD, 2000), p. 12. Google Books link.
• Abraham Lincoln may have paraphrased the above quoted question from Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund. The Family Magazine Volume IV. from 1837 contains the following story: Some courtiers reproached the Emperor Sigismond that, instead of destroying his conquered foes, he admitted them to favour. “Do I not,” replied the illustrious monarch, “effectually destroy my enemies, when I make them my friends?” Source: The Reverend Joseph Belcher, Jost Elfers, THE FAMILY MAGAZINE VOl. IV (London, Great Britain: Thomas Ward and Co., 1837), p. 123. Google Books link

2. “But you will not abide the election of a Republican president! In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool. A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, ‘Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!’ To be sure, what the robber demanded of me — my money — was my own; and I had a clear right to keep it; but it was no more my own than my vote is my own; and the threat of death to me, to extort my money, and the threat of destruction to the Union, to extort my vote, can scarcely be distinguished in principle.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#2

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#2

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#2

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#2

Source: 1860s, Cooper Union speech (1860): Speech to the Cooper Institute, New York, New York (27 February 1860) - Full text online at Wikisource; similar remarks to many of these were made in later speeches elsewhere.

3. “An inspection of the Constitution will show that the right of property in a slave is not ‘distinctly and expressly affirmed’ in it.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#3

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#3

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#3

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#3

Source: 1860s, Cooper Union speech (1860): Speech to the Cooper Institute, New York, New York (27 February 1860) - Full text online at Wikisource; similar remarks to many of these were made in later speeches elsewhere.

4. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#4

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#4

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#4

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#4

Source: Attributed in The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1866) by Josiah G. Holland, p. 23; also in The Real Life of Abraham Lincoln (1867) by George Alfred Townsend, p. 6; according to Townsend, Lincoln made this remark to his law partner, William Herndon. It is disputed whether this quote refers to Lincoln's natural mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when he was nine years old, or to his stepmother, Sarah Bush (Johnston) Lincoln.

5. “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#5

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#5

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#5

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#5

Source: 1850s, Lincoln–Douglas debates (1858) First Debate with Stephen Douglas in the Lincoln-Douglas debates of the 1858 campaign for the U.S. Senate, at Ottawa, Illinois (21 August 1858). Lincoln later quoted himself and repeated this statement in his first Inaugural Address (4 March 1861) to emphasize that any acts of secession were over-reactions to his election. During the war which followed his election he eventually declared the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in those states in rebellion against the union, arguably as a war measure rather than as an entirely political or moral initiative.

6. “The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#6

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#6

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#6

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#6

Source: Letter to Joseph Gillespie (13 July 1849).

7. “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#7

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#7

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#7

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#7

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

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

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#8

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#8

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#8

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#8

Source: Included in Portrait-Life of Lincoln (1910) by Francis T Miller.

9. “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#9

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#9

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#9

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#9

Source: Definition of Democracy; see Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953), p. 532.

10. “One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#10

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#10

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#10

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#10

Source: 1860s, Second Inaugural Address (1865): Second Inaugural Address (4 March 1865)

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

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#11

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#11

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#11

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#11

Source: As quoted in The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln (1896) by Ida Tarbell

12. “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#12

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#12

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#12

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#12

Source: Written speech fragment presented by to the Chicago Veterans Druggist's Association in 1906 by Judge James B. Bradwell, who claimed to have received it from Mary Todd Lincoln. Collected Works, 2:532

13. “Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#13

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#13

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#13

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#13

Source: 1850s, Speech at Peoria, Illinois (1854): Online text Speech at Peoria, Illinois, in Reply to Senator Douglas (16 October 1854); published in The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln (1894) Vol. 2

14. “Let all who believe that ‘our fathers, who framed the Government under which we live, understood this question just as well, and even better, than we do now,’ speak as they spoke, and act as they acted upon it. This is all Republicans ask — all Republicans desire — in relation to slavery. As those fathers marked it, so let it be again marked, as an evil not to be extended, but to be tolerated and protected only because of and so far as its actual presence among us makes that toleration and protection a necessity. Let all the guarantees those fathers gave it, be, not grudgingly, but fully and fairly, maintained. For this Republicans contend, and with this, so far as I know or believe, they will be content.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#14

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#14

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#14

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#14

Source: 1860s, Cooper Union speech (1860): Speech to the Cooper Institute, New York, New York (27 February 1860) - Full text online at Wikisource; similar remarks to many of these were made in later speeches elsewhere.

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

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#15

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#15

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#15

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#15

Source: Attributed in Lincoln Memorial (1882) edited by Osborn Oldroyd.

16. “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#16

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#16

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#16

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#16

Source: Speech in the House of Representatives (20 June 1848).

17. “I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be ``the Union as it was.´´ If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#17

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#17

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#17

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#17

Source: 1860s, Letter to Horace Greeley (1862)

18. “‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#18

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#18

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#18

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#18

Source: 1850s, The House Divided speech (1858): Speech at the Republican State Convention, Springfield, Illinois, accepting the Republican nomination for US Senate (16 June 1858) In this famous statement Lincoln is quoting the response of Jesus Christ to those who accused him of being able to cast out devils because he was empowered by the Prince of devils, recorded in Matthew 12:25: "And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand".

19. “It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#19

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#19

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#19

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#19

Source: 1850s, Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society (1859): An address given before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, in Milwaukee, on September 30, 1859.Full text online at Wikisource

20. “'''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.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#20

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#20

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#20

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#20

Source: 1860s, Letter to Horace Greeley (1862)

21. “On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it—all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union, and divide effects, by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#21

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#21

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#21

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#21

Source: 1860s, Second Inaugural Address (1865): Second Inaugural Address (4 March 1865)

22. “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#22

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#22

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#22

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#22

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

23. “Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#23

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#23

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#23

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#23

Source: Letter to Major General Joseph Hooker (26 January 1863).

24. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#24

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#24

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#24

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#24

Source: Quoted in The Lexington Observer & Reporter (16 June 1864).

25. “Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#25

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#25

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#25

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#25

Source: As quoted in Excellent Quotations for Home and School (1888) by Julia B. Hoitt, p. 97; no attribution of this phrase to any existing Lincoln document could be located.

26. “Do the people of the South really entertain fears that a Republican administration would, directly or indirectly, interfere with their slaves, or with them, about their slaves? If they do, I wish to assure you, as once a friend, and still, I hope, not an enemy, that there is no cause for such fears.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#26

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#26

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#26

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#26

Source: 1860s, Letter to Alexander H. Stephens (1860): Letter to Alexander H. Stephens (22 December 1860), Springfield, Illinois.

27. “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to ‘preserve, protect, and defend it’.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#27

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#27

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#27

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#27

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

28. “So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#28

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#28

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#28

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#28

Source and Related Info: Comment on meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, according to Charles Edward Stowe, Lyman Beecher Stowe, "How Mrs. Stowe wrote 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'", McClure's magazine 36:621 (April 1911), with a footnote stating: "Mr. Charles Edward Stowe, one of the authors of this article, accompanied his mother on this visit to Lincoln, and remembers the occasion distinctly."
  • Annie Fields, "Days with Mrs. Stowe", Atlantic Monthly 7:148 (August 1896)

29. “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#29

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#29

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#29

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#29

Source: Letter to Edwin Stanton (14 July 1864). See John Hay (1890), Abraham Lincoln: A History.

30. “I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that ‘I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.’ Those who nominated and elected me did so with full knowledge that I had made this, and many similar declarations, and had never recanted them.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#30

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#30

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#30

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#30

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

31. “With malice toward none, with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#31

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#31

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#31

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#31

Source: 1860s, Second Inaugural Address (1865): Second Inaugural Address (4 March 1865)

32. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#32

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#32

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#32

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#32

Source and Related Info: Often misquoted as: "I have found that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." or "People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
• As quoted in How to Get What You Want (1917) by Orison Marden (Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1917), 74

33. “Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#33

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#33

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#33

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#33

Source: Letter to Thurlow Weed (15 March 1865), reproduced in Lord Charnwood (1916), Abraham Lincoln: A Biography.

34. “In doing this there needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless it be forced upon the national authority. The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion — no using of force against, or among the people anywhere.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#34

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#34

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#34

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#34

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

35. “Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#35

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#35

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#35

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#35

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

36. “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#36

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#36

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#36

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#36

Source: Noah Brooks, scribe for the Sacramento Union, writing in the Harper’s Weekly for July 1865 (3 months after Lincoln had died), reported that the Lincoln once said this, at an unspecified date. As reported in "Did Abraham Lincoln Actually Say That Obama Quote?" by the Daily Beast's James M. Cornelius on August 9, 2012.

37. “I want it said of me by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#37

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#37

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#37

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#37

Source: Recalled in a letter from Joshua Speed in Herndon's Lincoln (1890), p. 527

38. “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#38

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#38

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#38

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#38

Source: Address Delivered in Candidacy for the State Legislature. (9 March 1832).

39. “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#39

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#39

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#39

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#39

Source: Speech to Illinois legislature (January 1837); This is "Lincoln's First Reported Speech", found in the Sangamo Journal (28 January 1837) according to McClure's Magazine (March 1896); also in Lincoln's Complete Works (1905) ed. by Nicolay and Hay, Vol. 1, p. 24.

40. “I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#40

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#40

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#40

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#40

Source: 1850s, Speech at Chicago (1858): Address to Chicagoan abolitionists (10 July 1858); quoted in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953), p. 501.

41. “I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#41

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#41

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#41

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#41

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

42. “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#42

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#42

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#42

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#42

Source: 1860s, Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863): Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation of Thanksgiving (October 3, 1863)

43. “He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#43

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#43

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#43

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#43

Source: Attributed in Lincoln the Lawyer (1906) by Frederick Trevor Hill — Hill noted that he could find no record of whom Lincoln was insulting.

44. “I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and '''I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men every where could be free.'''''.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#44

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#44

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#44

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#44

Source: 1860s, Letter to Horace Greeley (1862)

45. “Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#45

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#45

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#45

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#45

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

46. “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#46

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#46

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#46

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#46

Source: Recollection by Gilbert J. Greene, quoted in The Speaking Oak (1902) by Ferdinand C. Iglehart and Latest Light on Abraham Lincoln (1917) by Ervin S. Chapman.

47. “I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#47

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#47

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#47

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#47

Source: Letter to Allen N. Ford (11 August 1846), reported in Roy Prentice Basler, ed., Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings (1990 [1946]).

48. “Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#48

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#48

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#48

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#48

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

49. “While the people retain their virtue and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#49

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#49

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#49

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#49

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

50. “Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#50

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#50

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#50

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#50

Source: Speech at Springfield, Illinois (26 June 1857).

51. “Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#51

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#51

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#51

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#51

Source: 1850s, Speech on the Dred Scott Decision (1857): Speech at Springfield, Illinois on June 26, 1857

52. “Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#52

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#52

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#52

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#52

Source: 1860s, Cooper Union speech (1860): Speech to the Cooper Institute, New York, New York (27 February 1860) - Full text online at Wikisource; similar remarks to many of these were made in later speeches elsewhere.

53. “Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government, nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty, as we understand it.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#53

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#53

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#53

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#53

Source: 1860s, Allow the humblest man an equal chance (1860): "Allow the humblest man an equal chance" speech (6 March 1860) at New Haven, Connecticut

54. “Plainly, the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy. A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does, of necessity, fly to anarchy or to despotism. Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#54

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#54

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#54

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#54

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

55. “‘I, --------, do solemnly swear, in presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the union of the States thereunder; and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all acts of Congress passed during the existing rebellion with reference to slaves, so long and so far as not repealed, modified or held void by Congress, or by decision of the Supreme Court; and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all proclamations of the President made during the existing rebellion having reference to slaves, so long and so far as not modified or declared void by decision of the Supreme Court. So help me God.’”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#55

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#55

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#55

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#55

Source: 1860s, Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (1863): The History Place - Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (December 8, 1863

56. “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. I do the very best I know how — the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#56

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#56

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#56

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#56

Source: As quoted in The Life and Public Service of Abraham Lincoln (1865) Henry J. Raymond.

57. “I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#57

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#57

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#57

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#57

Source: Address to the Springfield Washingtonian Temperance Society (22 February 1842), quoted at greater length in John Carroll Power (1889) Abraham Lincoln: His Life, Public Services, Death and Funeral Cortege.

58. “We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#58

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#58

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#58

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#58

Source: Speech at Bloomington (29 May 1856).

59. “I appeal to all loyal citizens to favor, facilitate and aid this effort to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the existence of our National Union, and the perpetuity of popular government; and to redress wrongs already long enough endured.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#59

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#59

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#59

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#59

Source: Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation Calling Militia and Convening Congress on April 15, 1861 by The History Place.

60. “Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#60

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#60

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#60

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#60

Source: Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 27, 1856, Collected Works 1:391.

61. “Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#61

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#61

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#61

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#61

Source: Speech at a Republican Banquet, Chicago, Illinois, December 10, 1856; see Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953), p. 532.

62. “That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You toil and work and earn bread, and I'll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#62

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#62

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#62

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#62

Source: 1850s, Lincoln–Douglas debates (1858) Seventh and Last Joint Debate with Steven Douglas, at Alton, Illinois (15 October 1858).

63. “Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#63

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#63

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#63

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#63

Source: 1850s, Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society (1859): An address given before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, in Milwaukee, on September 30, 1859.Full text online at Wikisource

64. “A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#64

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#64

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#64

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#64

Source: 1850s, Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society (1859): An address given before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, in Milwaukee, on September 30, 1859.Full text online at Wikisource

65. “When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#65

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#65

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#65

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#65

Source: Quoted by Charles A. Dana in his book Recollections of the Civil War (1898).

66. “The Chief Magistrate derives all his authority from the people, and they have referred none upon him to fix terms for the separation of the States. The people themselves can do this if also they choose, but the Executive as such has nothing to do with it. His duty is to administer the present Government as it came to his hands and to transmit it unimpaired by him to his successor.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#66

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#66

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#66

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#66

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

67. “My countrymen, one and all, think calmly and well upon this whole subject. Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. If there be an object to hurry any of you in hot haste to a step which you would never take deliberately, that object will be frustrated by taking time; but no good object can be frustrated by it.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#67

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#67

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#67

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#67

Source: 1860s, First Inaugural Address (1861): First Inaugural Address (4 March 1861)

68. “The provision of the Constitution that ‘the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended unless when, in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it’ is equivalent to a provision—is a provision—that such privilege may be suspended when, in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety does require it. It was decided that we have a case of rebellion and that the public safety does require the qualified suspension of the privilege of the writ which was authorized to be made. Now it is insisted that Congress, and not the Executive, is vested with this power; but the Constitution itself is silent as to which or who is to exercise the power; and as the provision was plainly made for a dangerous emergency, it can not be believed the framers of the instrument intended that in every case the danger should run its course until Congress could be called together, the very assembling of which might be prevented, as was intended in this case, by the rebellion.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#68

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#68

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#68

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#68

Source: 1860s, Fourth of July Address to Congress (1861)

69. “What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#69

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#69

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#69

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#69

Source: As quoted in The World's Sages, Thinkers and Reformers (1876) by D. M. Bennett.

70. “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. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#70

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#70

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#70

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#70

Source: Speech in the United States House of Representatives (January 12, 1848).

71. “The Autocrat of all the Russias will resign his crown, and proclaim his subjects free republicans sooner than will our American masters voluntarily give up their slaves.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#71

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#71

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#71

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#71

Source: Letter to George Robertson (15 August 1855).

72. “Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man, this race and that race and the other race being inferior and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#72

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#72

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#72

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#72

Source: 1850s, Speech at Chicago (1858): Address to Chicagoan abolitionists (10 July 1858); quoted in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953), p. 501.

73. “I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#73

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#73

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#73

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#73

Source: Remarks at the Monogahela House (February 14, 1861); quoted in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 209.

74. “I repeat the question, 'Can Louisiana be brought into proper practical relation with the Union sooner by sustaining or by discarding her new State Government?'”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#74

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#74

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#74

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#74

Source: 1860s, Last public address (1865): Last public address at the White House (11 April 1865)

75. “In the present ‘situation’ as the phrase goes, it may be my duty to make some new announcement to the people of the South. I am considering, and shall not fail to act, when satisfied that action will be proper.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#75

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#75

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#75

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#75

Source: 1860s, Last public address (1865): Last public address at the White House (11 April 1865)

76. “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth. Whether I shall ever be better I can not tell; I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible; I must die or be better, it appears to me.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#76

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#76

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#76

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#76

Source: Letter to John T. Stuart (January 23, 1841), Collected Works 1:229-30

77. “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. We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#77

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#77

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#77

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#77

Source: 1850s, The House Divided speech (1858): Speech at the Republican State Convention, Springfield, Illinois, accepting the Republican nomination for US Senate (16 June 1858)

78. “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, 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.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#78

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#78

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#78

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#78

Source: Reply to Missouri Committee of Seventy (30 September 1864).

79. “In a certain sense the liberation of slaves is the destruction of property—property acquired by descent or by purchase, the same as any other property.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#79

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#79

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#79

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#79

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

80. “In times like the present men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#80

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#80

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#80

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#80

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

81. “The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#81

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#81

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#81

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#81

Source: Conversation with private secretary John Hay (23 December 1863), describing a dream Lincoln had that evening, in Abraham Lincoln : A History (1890) by John Hay.

82. “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently he who moulds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#82

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#82

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#82

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#82

Source: 1850s, Lincoln–Douglas debates (1858) First debate with Stephen Douglas Ottawa, Illinois (21 August 1858).

83. “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game. Kentucky gone, we can not hold Missouri, nor, as I think, Maryland.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#83

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#83

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#83

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#83

Source: Letter to Orville Hickman Browning (22 September 1861).

84. “The severest justice may not always be the best policy.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#84

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#84

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#84

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#84

Source and Related Info: Veto message, eventually not executed, written as a response to the Second Confiscation Act passed by Congress. (17 July 1862)
The Emancipation Proclamation, by John Hope Franklin, Doubleday Anchor Books, New York, NY, 1963, page 19.

85. “In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#85

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#85

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#85

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#85

Source: Words on being presented with a Bible, reported in the Washington Daily Morning Chronicle (8 September 1864).

86. “In a great national crisis like ours unanimity of action among those seeking a common end is very desirable--almost indispensable. And yet no approach to such unanimity is attainable unless some deference shall be paid to the will of the majority simply because it is the will of the majority.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#86

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#86

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#86

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#86

Source: Fourth State of the Union Address (December 6, 1864).

87. “If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and constitutions against it, are themselves wrong, and should be silenced, and swept away.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#87

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#87

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#87

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#87

Source: 1860s, Cooper Union speech (1860): Speech to the Cooper Institute, New York, New York (27 February 1860) - Full text online at Wikisource; similar remarks to many of these were made in later speeches elsewhere.

88. “This is essentially a people's contest. On the side of the Union it is a struggle for maintaining in the world that form and substance of government whose leading object is to elevate the condition of men; to lift artificial weights from all shoulders; to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all; to afford all an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life. Yielding to partial and temporary departures, from necessity, this is the leading object of the Government for whose existence we contend.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#88

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#88

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#88

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#88

Source: 1860s, Fourth of July Address to Congress (1861)

89. “The Constitution provides, and all the States have accepted the provision, that ‘the United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government.’ But if a State may lawfully go out of the Union, having done so it may also discard the republican form of government; so that to prevent its going out is an indispensable means to the end of maintaining the guaranty mentioned; and when an end is lawful and obligatory the indispensable means to it are also lawful and obligatory.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#89

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#89

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#89

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#89

Source: 1860s, Fourth of July Address to Congress (1861)

90. “No men living are more worthy to be trusted than those who toil up from poverty; none less inclined to take or touch aught which they have not honestly earned. Let them beware of surrendering a political power which they already possess, and which if surrendered will surely be used to close the door of advancement against such as they and to fix new disabilities and burdens upon them till all of liberty shall be lost.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#90

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#90

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#90

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#90

Source: 1860s, First State of the Union address (1861): First State of the Union Address (3 December 1861)

91. “A nation may be said to consist of its territory, its people, and its laws. The territory is the only part which is of certain durability. ‘One generation passeth away and another generation cometh, but the earth abideth forever.’ It is of the first importance to duly consider and estimate this ever-enduring part.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#91

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#91

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#91

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#91

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

92. “Certainly it is not so easy to pay something as it is to pay nothing, but it is easier to pay a large sum than it is to pay a larger one. And it is easier to pay any sum when we are able than it is to pay it before we are able.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#92

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#92

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#92

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#92

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

93. “Labor is like any other commodity in the market—increase the demand for it and you increase the price of it. Reduce the supply of black labor by colonizing the black laborer out of the country, and by precisely so much you increase the demand for and wages of white labor.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#93

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#93

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#93

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#93

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

94. “It is in order that each of you may have through this free government which we have enjoyed, an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise and intelligence; that you may all have equal privileges in the race of life, with all its desirable human aspirations. It is for this the struggle should be maintained, that we may not lose our birthright--not only for one, but for two or three years. The nation is worth fighting for, to secure such an inestimable jewel.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#94

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#94

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#94

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#94

Source: 1860s, Speeches to Ohio Regiments (1864), Speech to the One Hundred Sixty-sixth Ohio Regiment: Delivered at Washington, D.C. on August 22, 1864

95. “When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#95

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#95

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#95

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#95

Source and Related Info: Quoted in 3:439 Herndon's Lincoln (1890), p. 439.
 • FULL QUOTE from book: Inasmuch as he was so often a candidate for public office Mr. Lincoln said as little about his religious code as possible, especially if he failed to coincide with the orthodox world. In illustration of his religious code I once heard him say that it was like that of an old man named Glenn, in Indiana, whom he heard speak at a church meeting, and who said: "When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion."

96. “Broken by it, I, too, may be; bow to it I never will. The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#96

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#96

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#96

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#96

Source and Related Info: Speech of the Sub-Treasury (1839), Collected Works 1:178
• Variant (misspelling): 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; and it shall not deter me.

97. “We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#97

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#97

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#97

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#97

Source: 1830s, The Lyceum Address (1838): The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions : Lincoln's address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (27 January 1838)

98. “That our government should have been maintained in its original form from its establishment until now, is not much to be wondered at. It had many props to support it through that period, which now are decayed, and crumbled away. Through that period, it was felt by all, to be an undecided experiment; now, it is understood to be a successful one.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#98

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#98

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#98

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#98

Source: 1830s, The Lyceum Address (1838): The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions : Lincoln's address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (27 January 1838)

99. “Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#99

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#99

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#99

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#99

Source: Letter to Dr. Theodore Canisius (17 May 1859).

100. “Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South. Have we no tendency to the latter condition? Let any one who doubts, carefully contemplate that now almost complete legal combination — piece of machinery so to speak — compounded of the Nebraska doctrine, and the Dred Scott decision.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#100

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#100

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#100

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#100

Source: 1850s, The House Divided speech (1858): Speech at the Republican State Convention, Springfield, Illinois, accepting the Republican nomination for US Senate (16 June 1858)

101. “Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#101

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#101

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#101

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#101

Source: 1850s, Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society (1859): An address given before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, in Milwaukee, on September 30, 1859.Full text online at Wikisource

102. “During my whole political life, I have loved and revered (Henry Clay) as a teacher and leader.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#102

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#102

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#102

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#102

Source and Related Info: William J. Cooper, We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861, Random House LLC, Jun 4, 2013, p. 72.
• DANIEL WALKER HOWE, "Why Abraham Lincoln Was a Whig", The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Volume 16, Issue 1, Winter 1995.

103. “And whereas it is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to his chastisements; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with all fervency and contrition, for the pardon of their past offences, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#103

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#103

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#103

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#103

Source: Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation of a Day of Fasting (August 12, 1861).

104. “I am a patient man — always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance; and also to give ample time for repentance. Still I must save this government if possible.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#104

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#104

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#104

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#104

Source: Letter to Reverdy Johnson (26 July 1862).

105. “I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#105

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#105

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#105

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#105

Source: Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington (17 March 1865); The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Volume VIII.

106. “Without the military help of the black freedman, the war against the South could not have been won.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#106

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#106

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#106

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#106

Source: As quoted in Freedom's Unfinished Revolution: An Inquiry Into the Civil War, by William Friedheim and Ronald Jackson.

107. “A nation which endures factious domestic division is exposed to disrespect abroad, and one party, if not both, is sure sooner or later to invoke foreign intervention. Nations thus tempted to interfere are not always able to resist the counsels of seeming expediency and ungenerous ambition, although measures adopted under such influences seldom fail to be unfortunate and injurious to those adopting them.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#107

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#107

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#107

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#107

Source: 1860s, First State of the Union address (1861): First State of the Union Address (3 December 1861)

108. “Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights. Nor is it denied that there is, and probably always will be, a relation between labor and capital producing mutual benefits. The error is in assuming that the whole labor of community exists within that relation.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#108

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#108

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#108

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#108

Source: 1860s, First State of the Union address (1861): First State of the Union Address (3 December 1861)

109. “A civil war occurring in a country, where foreigners reside and carry on trade under treaty stipulations is necessarily fruitful of complaints of the violation of neutral rights. All such collisions tend to excite misapprehensions, and possibly to produce mutual reclamations between nations which have a common interest in preserving peace and friendship.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#109

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#109

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#109

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#109

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

110. “That portion of the earth's surface which is owned and inhabited by the people of the United States is well adapted to be the home of one national family, and it is not well adapted for two or more. Its vast extent and its variety of climate and productions are of advantage in this age for one people, whatever they might have been in former ages. Steam, telegraphs, and intelligence have brought these to be an advantageous combination for one united people.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#110

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#110

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#110

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#110

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

111. “Our national strife springs not from our permanent part; not from the land we inhabit: not from our national homestead. There is no possible severing of this but would multiply and not mitigate evils among us. In all its adaptations and aptitudes it demands union and abhors separation. In fact, it would ere long force reunion, however much of blood and treasure the separation might have cost. Our strife pertains to ourselves—to the passing generations of men—and it can without convulsion be hushed forever with the passing of one generation.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#111

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#111

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#111

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#111

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

112. “Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#112

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#112

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#112

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#112

Source: 1860s, Second State of the Union address (1862): Second State of the Union Address (1 December 1862)

113. “The amount of constituency, so to speak, on which the new Louisiana government rests, would be more satisfactory to all, if it contained fifty, thirty, or even twenty thousand, instead of only about twelve thousand, as it does. It is also unsatisfactory to some that the elective franchise is not given to the colored man. I would myself prefer that it were now conferred on the very intelligent, and on those who serve our cause as soldiers. Still the question is not whether the Louisiana government, as it stands, is quite all that is desirable. The question is, ‘Will it be wiser to take it as it is, and help to improve it; or to reject, and disperse it?’ ‘Can Louisiana be brought into proper practical relation with the Union sooner by sustaining, or by discarding her new State government?’”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#113

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#113

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#113

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#113

Source: 1860s, Last public address (1865): Last public address at the White House (11 April 1865)

114. “I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason; I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#114

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#114

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#114

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#114

Source: Letter to Mrs. Orville H. Browning (1 April 1838).

115. “The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good. Almost every thing, especially of governmental policy, is an inseparable compound of the two; so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#115

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#115

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#115

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#115

Source: Speech in the House of Representatives (20 June 1848).

116. “While the opinion of the court, by Chief-Justice Taney, in the Dred Scott case and the separate opinions of all the concurring judges, expressly declare that the Constitution of the United States neither permits Congress nor a Territorial legislature to exclude slavery from any United States Territory, they all omit to declare whether or not the same Constitution permits a State, or the people of a State, to exclude it.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#116

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#116

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#116

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#116

Source: 1850s, The House Divided speech (1858): Speech at the Republican State Convention, Springfield, Illinois, accepting the Republican nomination for US Senate (16 June 1858)

117. “The ambition for broad acres leads to poor farming, even with men of energy. I scarcely ever knew a mammoth farm to sustain itself; much less to return a profit upon the outlay. I have more than once known a man to spend a respectable fortune upon one; fail and leave it; and then some man of more modest aims, get a small fraction of the ground, and make a good living upon it. Mammoth farms are like tools or weapons, which are too heavy to be handled. Ere long they are thrown aside, at a great loss.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#117

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#117

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#117

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#117

Source: 1850s, Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society (1859): An address given before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, in Milwaukee, on September 30, 1859.Full text online at Wikisource

118. “Broken eggs cannot be mended; but Louisiana has nothing to do now but to take her place in the Union as it was, barring the already broken eggs. The sooner she does so, the smaller will be the amount of that which will be past mending. This government cannot much longer play a game in which it stakes all, and its enemies stake nothing. Those enemies must understand that they cannot experiment for ten years trying to destroy the government, and if they fail still come back into the Union unhurt.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#118

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#118

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#118

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#118

Source: Letter to August Belmont (31 July 1832) in "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln" edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume V, p. 350-351.

119. “May our children and our children's children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#119

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#119

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#119

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#119

Source: Second Speech at Frederick, Maryland (4 October 1862).

120. “The man who stands by and says nothing, when the peril of his government is discussed, can not be misunderstood. If not hindered, he is sure to help the enemy.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#120

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#120

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#120

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#120

Source: Letter to Erastus Corning and Others (12 June 1863) in Abraham Lincoln "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Band 6" (The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1953), p. 265.

121. “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.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#121

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#121

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#121

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#121

Source: Reply to delegation from the National Union League approving and endorsing "the nominations made by the Union National Convention at Baltimore." New York Times, Herald, and Tribune, June 10, 1864 Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7

122. “Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#122

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#122

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#122

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#122

Source: Quoted in a contemporary issue of the New York Herald, in response to allegations his most successful general drank too much.

123. “I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#123

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#123

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#123

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#123

Source: As quoted in Costs of Administering Reparation for Work Injuries in Illinois (1952) by Alfred Fletcher Conard, p. 28.

124. “I do not mean to say we are bound to follow implicitly in whatever our fathers did. To do so, would be to discard all the lights of current experience — to reject all progress — all improvement. What I do say is, that if we would supplant the opinions and policy of our fathers in any case, we should do so upon evidence so conclusive, and argument so clear, that even their great authority, fairly considered and weighed, cannot stand; and most surely not in a case whereof we ourselves declare they understood the question better than we.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#124

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#124

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#124

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#124

Source: 1860s, Cooper Union speech (1860): Speech to the Cooper Institute, New York, New York (27 February 1860) - Full text online at Wikisource; similar remarks to many of these were made in later speeches elsewhere.

125. “It is exceedingly desirable that all parts of this great Confederacy shall be at peace, and in harmony, one with another. Let us Republicans do our part to have it so. Even though much provoked, let us do nothing through passion and ill temper. Even though the southern people will not so much as listen to us, let us calmly consider their demands, and yield to them if, in our deliberate view of our duty, we possibly can.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#125

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#125

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#125

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#125

Source: 1860s, Cooper Union speech (1860): Speech to the Cooper Institute, New York, New York (27 February 1860) - Full text online at Wikisource; similar remarks to many of these were made in later speeches elsewhere.

126. “He desires to preserve the Government, that it may be administered for all as it was administered by the men who made it. Loyal citizens everywhere have the right to claim this of their government, and the government has no right to withhold or neglect it. It is not perceived that in giving it there is any coercion, any conquest, or any subjugation in any just sense of those terms.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#126

Use APA (American Psychological Association) for education, psychology, and the sciences.

Lincoln, Abraham (2017, November 15) Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes. Retrieved from https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#126

Use Chicago style for business, fine arts, and history.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” QuotesCosmos.com, edited by QuotesCosmos, 15 November 2017, https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#126

Use MLA (Modern Language Association) style for the humanities, especially language and literature.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced Quotes.” Last modified November 15, 2017. https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/abraham-lincoln-quotes.html#126

Source: 1860s, Fourth of July Address to Congress (1861)

127. “The principal lever relied on by the insurgents for exciting foreign nations to hostility against us, as already intimated, is the embarrassment of commerce. Those nations, however, not improbably saw from the first that it was the Union which made as well our foreign as our domestic commerce. They can scarcely have failed to perceive that the effort for disunion produces the existing difficulty, and that one strong nation promises more durable peace and a more extensive, valuable, and reliable commerce than can the same nation broken into hostile fragments.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Cite This Quote

Use the following citations in bold to cite the above quote for reference purposes. To cite multiple quotes, use the cite this page section below.

For general use. A combination of the APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 169 Sourced