Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 50 Best Inspirational Quotes

Abraham Lincoln sitting with his head in his hand

Who was Abraham Lincoln?

 Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country’s greatest moral, cultural, constitutional, and political crisis. He succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy. Below we’ve compiled some of our favorite Abraham Lincoln quotes for your enjoyment.

Common Questions about Abraham Lincoln

What were Abraham Lincoln’s politics?

Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Whig Party and later a Republican. He believed that the government’s job was to do what a community of people could not do for themselves. One of his greatest preoccupations as a political thinker was the issue of self-governance and the promise and problems that could arise from it. T

How did Abraham Lincoln get into politics?

From 1834 to 1840, Abraham Lincoln occupied a seat in the Illinois state legislature. He also practiced law in Illinois during the 1830s and ’40s, and in that time he became one of the state’s most renowned lawyers. He first entered national politics in 1847 while serving a single term in Congress.

Why was Abe Lincoln assassinated?

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth became the first person to assassinate an American president when he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln in his box at Ford’s Theater in Washington. … A supporter of slavery, Booth believed that Lincoln was determined to overthrow the Constitution and to destroy his beloved South.

Where Abraham Lincoln was born

Abraham Lincoln was born on Sunday, February 12, 1809, in a log cabin on his father’s Sinking Spring Farm in what was at that time Hardin County (today LaRue County) Kentucky.

Our Favorite Abraham Lincoln Quotes

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

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

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

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

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

“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.”

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

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”

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

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”


“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”

“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 a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”

“I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.”

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.”

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

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

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

“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.”

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”


“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”

“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 will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

“Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”

“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. ”

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

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

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

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

“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh -- anything but work.”

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar”

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

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. -Speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854.”

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

“All I have learned, I learned from books.”

“Every man's happiness is his own responsibility.”

“I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

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

“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.”

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

“Achievement has no color”