Lincoln Quotes

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Date Quote Topics Share
03/05/1860 While we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else. Topics: Economy
03/05/1860 I am glad to know that there is a system of labor where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world. Topics: Economy
03/05/1860 Public opinion is founded, to a great extent, on a property basis. What lessens the value of property is opposed, what enhances its value is favored. Topics: Economy
03/06/1860 Whether we will or not, the question of Slavery is THE question, the all absorbing topic of the day. Topics: Slavery
03/06/1860 Our best and greatest men have greatly underestimated the size of this [slavery] question. They have constantly brought forward small cures for great sores – plasters too small to cover the wound. Topics: Politics
03/06/1860 I am not ashamed to confess that twenty five years ago I was a hired laborer, mauling rails, at work on a flat-boat – just what might happen to any poor man’s son. Topics: Inspirational
03/16/1860 I say, in the main, the use of money is wrong; but for certain objects, in a political contest, the use of some is both right and indispensable. Topics: Politics, Economy
03/16/1860 I cannot enter the ring on the money basis – first, because, in the main, it is wrong; and secondly, I have not, and can not get, the money. Topics: Politics, Morality
03/17/1860 I could not raise ten thousand dollars if it would save me from the fate of John Brown. Nor have my friends, so far as I know, yet reached the point of staking any money on my chances of success. Topics: Politics
03/17/1860 If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas – to Leavenworth, or Atchison. Both these are, and will continue to be fine growing places. Topics:

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