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ABRAHAM LINCOLN
American 16th president of U.S.
(1809 - 1865)
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We cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men who struggled here have consecrated it far beyond our power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; and this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
      - part of his Gettysburg address
        [Lincoln's Birthday]

We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
      - [Newspapers]

We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.
      - [Happiness]

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.
      - [Promises]

We must think anew--and act anew.
      - [Thinking]

We shall nobody save or meanly lose the last best hope.
      - [Hope]

"We trust, Sir, that God is on our side." "It is more important to know that we are on God's side."
      - a reply to deputation of Southerners during American Civil War
        [God]

What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way.
      - [History]

Whatever you are, be a good one.
      - [Goodness]

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
      - [Strength]

Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail.
      - [Human Rights]

Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be.
      - [Liberty]

Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self interest.
      - [Will]

With the catching ends the pleasure of the chase.
      - [Endings]

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
      - [Responsibility]

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
      - [Spending]

In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free,--honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.
      - Annual Message to Congress [Slavery]

And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforth shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and navy authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
  And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.
      - Emancipation Proclamation
        [Emancipation Day]

I take the official oath to-day with no mental reservations and with no purpose to construe the Constitution by any hypercritical rules.
      - First Inaugural Address [Oaths]

If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might in a moral point of view, justify revolution--certainly would if such a right were a vital one.
      - First Inaugural Address [Government]

You can have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government; while I shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect, and defend" it.
      - First Inaugural Address [Oaths]

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate--we cannot consecrate--we cannot hallow--this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us,--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
      - Gettysburg Address
        [America : Equality : Freedom]

I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free.
      - Letter to Horace Greely [Freedom]

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.
      - Second Inaugural Address [Loyalty : Right]


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