Lincoln Quotes

There are currently 559 quotes in our database.
Date Quote Topics Share
08/23/1864 I am in favor of short statutes of limitations in politics. Topics: Politics
08/31/1864 Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest amongst us are held out the highest privileges and positions. Topics: Freedom, America
09/04/1864 I am much indebted to the good christian people of the country for their constant prayers and consolations. Topics: Religion
09/04/1864 The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance. Topics: Religion
09/04/1864 Your people – the Friends – have had, and are having, a very great trial. On principle, and faith, opposed to both war and oppression, they can only practically oppose oppression by war. Topics: Slavery, Religion
09/07/1864 It has always been a sentiment with me that all mankind should be free. Topics: Slavery, Freedom
09/08/1864 All well, including Tad's pony and the goats. Topics: Family
09/12/1864 No man desires peace more ardently than I. Still, I am yet unprepared to give up the Union for a peace which, so achieved, could not be of much duration. Topics: Civil War
09/12/1864 The public interest and my private interest have been perfectly parallel, because in no other way could I serve myself so well, as by truly serving the Union. Topics: Freedom, Civil War, Politics
09/23/1864 You have generously said to me more than once, that whenever your resignation could be a relief to me, it was at my disposal. The time has come. Topics: Leadership, Politics

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