35 Famous and Captivating Quotes of Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States lived for 56 years (February 12, 1809, to April 15, 1865) before he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. 

Lincoln known to have ended slavery is well known to be one of the greatest Presidents of the United States. 

This great man who lost his mother at the age of 9 was described to be fond of children. He is so great, his birthday is a legal holiday in some states in the US. He delivered the Getty address which is stated as the most famous oration in the history of America. The Getty Address is one of the most quoted speeches in history.

Below are 35 captivating Abraham Lincoln quotes.

  1. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
  2. No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
  3. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
  4. To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.
  5. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
  6. I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
  7. Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
  8. Everyone desires to live long, but no one would be old.
  9. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
  10. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
  11. It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
  12. Sir, 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.
  13. Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
  14. The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
  18. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
  19. That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
  20. The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.
  21. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
  22. Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
  23. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
  24. 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.
  25. Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
  26. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
  27. The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
  28. If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
  29. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
  30. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
  31. Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
  32. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
  33. The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
  34. Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.
  35. A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.

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