Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. He had way with words and used language ridiculously effectively and to maximum effect, as evidenced by the impact he made with the Gettysburg Address, which was just 272 words. In honor of his birthday, here are some inspiring quotes from Abraham Lincoln. There are 16 quotes from our 16th President.
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
“Everybody likes a compliment.”
“A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.”
“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
“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 it or overthrow it.”
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can not fool all the people all of the time.”
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
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