The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln preserved the Union during the American Civil War. Lincoln’s inner qualities of faithfulness, honesty, resolution, humor, and courage gave him the strength to lead his country during the bloodiest years of its existence. Born in the backwoods of Kentucky in 1809, Lincoln worked as a rail splitter, flatboatman, storekeeper, postmaster and surveyor before becoming a lawyer. His debates while running for the Senate made him a nationally known figure, and he was elected president in 1860.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., as the American Civil War was drawing to a close.
Best Quotes of Abraham Lincoln
- Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
- Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
- I do the very best I know how-the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Force is all conquering, but its victories are short lived.
- You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
- When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
- Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
- Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
- I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
- Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
- The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
- What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
- A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall. So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.
- Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
- The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.
- If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
- You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.