Lincoln Quotes

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Date Quote Topics Share
10/24/1863 I have often wished that I was a more devout man than I am. Topics: Religion
10/26/1863 Better give your path to a dog, than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite. Topics: Leadership
10/26/1863 Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Topics: Leadership, Inspirational
10/26/1863 A second term would be a great honor and a great labor, which together, perhaps I would not decline, if tendered. Topics: Freedom, Politics
11/18/1863 In my position it is somewhat important that I should not say any foolish things. It very often happens that the only way to help it is to say nothing at all. Topics: Leadership, Humor
11/19/1863 ... government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Topics: Freedom, Famous,America
11/19/1863 Four score 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. Topics: Freedom, America,Famous
12/02/1863 Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause. Topics: Civil War, Inspirational
12/07/1863 Now if this Army of the Potomac was any good, if the officers had anything in them ... they could move 30,000 men down to Lynchburg and catch Longstreet. Can anybody doubt, if Grant were here in command that he would catch him? Topics: Leadership, Civil War
12/08/1863 Satisfactory and important as have been the performances of the heroic men of the navy at this interesting period, they are scarcely more wonderful than the success of our mechanics and artisans in the production of war vessels which has created a new form of naval power. Topics: Civil War, Inspirational

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