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American 16th president of U.S.
(1809 - 1865)
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A house divided against itself cannot stand--I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.
      - in a speech [Government]

A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade.
      - [Lawyers]

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.
      - [Freedom]

Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it by being a slave himself.
      - [Slavery]

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.
      - [Resolution]

Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.
      - [Freedom]

As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
      - [Freedom]

As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.
      - said to South Carolina Commissioners

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
      - [Popularity]

Before then any man might instantly use what another had invented; so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things.
      - in his Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, Jacksonville, Illionois, February 11, 1859
        [Invention : Law : Patents]

Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward and give us victories.
      - [Victory]

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

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
      - [Democracy]

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We . . . 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.
      - [History]

For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like.
      - [Liking]

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
      - [Force]

God must have loved the plain people; He made so many of them.
      - [Christianity : God]

Gold is good in its place but living, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.
      - [Patriotism]

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
      - [Words]

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
      - [Criticism]

He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when sentence was about to be pronounced pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.
      - [Hypocrisy]

He who does something at the heat of one regiment will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.
      - [Accomplishments]

Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual manners for the public good.
      - [Statesmanship]

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
      - [Names]

I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.
      - [Goodness]

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