Lincoln Quotes

There are currently 559 quotes in our database.
Date Quote Topics Share
02/11/1859 A new country is most favorable – almost necessary – to the emancipation of thought, and the consequent advancement of civilization and the arts. Topics: America
02/11/1859 The inclination to exchange thoughts with one another is probably an original impulse of our nature. Topics: Learning
02/11/1859 There are more mines above the Earth’s surface than below it. All nature – the whole world, material, moral, and intellectual – is a mine. Topics: Learning
02/11/1859 Writing … is the great invention of the world. Topics: Learning
03/01/1859 Stand by your principles; stand by your guns; and victory complete and permanent is sure at the last. Topics: Politics, Inspirational
03/03/1859 I do not think there is the least use of doing any more with the Law suit. I not only do not think you are sure to gain it, but I do think you are sure to lose it. Therefore the sooner it ends the better. Topics: Law
04/16/1859 I must, in candor, say I do not think myself fit for the Presidency. Topics: Leadership
04/30/1859 Of course I would have preferred success; but failing in that, I have no regrets for having rejected all advice to the contrary, and resolutely made the struggle. Topics: Freedom, Politics
05/17/1859 I have some little notoriety for commiserating the oppressed condition of the negro; and I should be strangely inconsistent if I could favor any project for curtailing the existing rights of white men, even though born in different lands, and speaking different languages from myself. Topics: Slavery
05/17/1859 Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them. Topics: Slavery

Research and Collections

Research Division

Research activity including the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.

Oral History

Preserving the stories of Illinois' citizens through spoken word.


Delve into our collections about Lincoln and the Prairie State.

Social Links