ABRAHAM LINCOLN 7

No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.
Abraham Lincoln

I have always been an old-line Henry Clay Whig.
Abraham Lincoln

If I like a thing, it just sticks after once reading it or hearing it.
Abraham Lincoln

It has so happened in all ages of the world that some have labored, and others have, without labor, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits.
Abraham Lincoln

I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.
Abraham Lincoln

Upon the subjects of which I have treated, I have spoken as I have thought. I may be wrong in regard to any or all of them; but, holding it a sound maxim that it is better only sometimes to be right than at all times to be wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them.
Abraham Lincoln

Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.
Abraham Lincoln

I perhaps ought to say that individually I never was much interested in the Texas question. I never could see much good to come of annexation, inasmuch as they were already a free republican people on our own model.
Abraham Lincoln

It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life.
Abraham Lincoln

My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families – second families, perhaps I should say.
Abraham Lincoln

Illinois surpasses every other spot of equal extent upon the face of the globe in fertility of soil and in the proportionable amount of the same which is sufficiently level for actual cultivation.
Abraham Lincoln

Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.
Abraham Lincoln

That I am not a member of any Christian church is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures, and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.
Abraham Lincoln

It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws, but to break up both and make new ones.
Abraham Lincoln

I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free.
Abraham Lincoln

If the people of Utah shall peacefully form a State Constitution tolerating polygamy, will the Democracy admit them into the Union?
Abraham Lincoln

We think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. We know the court that made it has often overruled its own decisions, and we shall do what we can to have it overrule this.
Abraham Lincoln

I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
Abraham Lincoln

Why was the amendment, expressly declaring the right of the people to exclude slavery, voted down? Plainly enough now, the adoption of it would have spoiled the niche for the Dred Scott decision.
Abraham Lincoln

‘A living dog is better than a dead lion.’ Judge Douglas, if not a dead lion for this work, is at least a caged and toothless one. How can he oppose the advances of slavery? He don’t care anything about it.
Abraham Lincoln

I have said a hundred times, and I have no inclination to take it back, that I believe there is no right, and ought to be no inclination in the people of the free States to enter into the slave States, and to interfere with the question of slavery at all. I have said that always.
Abraham Lincoln

I can express all my views on the slavery question by quotations from Henry Clay.
Abraham Lincoln

When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying.
Abraham Lincoln

The legal right of the Southern people to reclaim their fugitives I have constantly admitted. The legal right of Congress to interfere with their institution in the states, I have constantly denied.
Abraham Lincoln

I go for all sharing the privileges of the government, who assist in bearing its burdens. Consequently, I go for admitting all whites to the right of suffrage, who pay taxes or bear arms (by no means excluding females).
Abraham Lincoln

The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them when they are invaded.
Abraham Lincoln

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