Included here are quotations and references to subjects in the eight volumes of "The Writings of Abraham Lincoln". It begins with his first political address in 1832 and ends with a hastily scrawled note on the day of his assassination. I hoped that the design of the page with quotations scrolling down along the side of various steel engravings and photographs of this great man might give the words a greater impact.   D. W.

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100,000 slaves are now in the United States military


Abolishing slavery in Washington, DC

Abraham or "Abram"

Act in such a manner as to create no bad feeling

Affected contempt of refinement

All know where he went in at; can't tell where he

will come out at

All agreed on this except South Carolina and Georgia

And the war came

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a 


Ask of you military success, and I will risk the 


Bad promises are better broken than kept

Better for their own good than if they had been 


Boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved 

to death

Bread that his own hands have earned

Came forward and made a virtue of necessity


Common right of humanity

Compensated Emancipation

Conspiracy to perpetuate and nationalize slavery

Constitution alludes to slavery three times

Could not afford to make money

Counterfeit logic

Crime to tell him that he is free!

Danger of third-parties

Declaring the African slave trade piracy

Direct while appearing to obey

Dirge of one who has no title to himself

Distinction between a purpose and an expectation

Don't think it will do him a bit of good either

Dred Scott

Endeavoring to blow up a storm that he may 

ride upon

Estimated as mere brutes--as rightful property

Events control me; I cannot control events

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Explanations explanatory of explanations explained

Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage

Father's request for money

Female Spy

First Overtures for Surrender from Davis

Five-star Mother

Forbids the marrying of white people with negroes

Forever forbid the two races living together

Fort Pillow Massacre

Four Score and Seven Years Ago

Frankly that I am not in favor of negro 


Free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia

Fugitive Slave law

Further Democratic Party Criticism

General Grant is a copious worker

General McClellan's Tired Horses

Get along without making either slaves or 

wives of negroes


God gave him but little, that little let him enjoy

Government cannot endure permanently half slave 

and half free

Government was made for the white people

Grant--very meager writer or telegrapher

Grant's Exclusion of a Newspaper Reporter

Gratuitous Hostility

Hard to affirm a negative

House divided against itself cannot stand

I can't spare that man, he fights!

I must say I do not think myself fit for 

the Presidency

I authorize no bargains and will be bound by none

I shall go to the wall for bread and meat

I like the system which lets a man quit 

when he wants to

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Idealization which so easily runs into the 


If the minority will not acquiesce, 

the majority must

If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong

If you do not like him, let him alone

Ills you fly from have no real existence

In the course of ultimate extinction

Irresponsible Newspaper Reporters and Editors

Is there in all republics this inherent and 

fatal weakness?

It is bad to be poor

Jibes and sneers in place of argument

Judges are as honest as other men, 

and not more so

Just leave her alone

Lee's army, and not Richmond, is your true 

objective point

Letter Suggesting a Beard

Lincoln's Definition of Democracy

Localized Repeal of Writ of Habeas Corpus

Malice Toward None, with Charity for All

Man cannot prove a negative

Massacre of Three Hundred Colored Soldiers

Men interested to misunderstand


Middle ground between the right and the wrong??

Missouri Compromise

Mixing of blood by the white and black races

More a man speaks the less he is understood

Mother of Five Sons Who Have Died

Mrs. Lincoln's Rebel Brother-in-law Killed

Need not have her for either, I can just 

leave her alone

Needs New Tires on His Carriage

Negro Troops

Never stir up litigation

News of Grant's Capture of Vicksburg

No wrong without its remedy

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No man can be silent if he would

Not appearing on the appointed wedding day

Not Be Much Oppressed by a Debt Which They 

Owe to Themselves

Not seldom ragged, usually patched, and 

always shabby

Not Best to Swap Horses When Crossing a Stream

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time

One long step removed from honest men

Order expelling all Jews from your department

Order of Retaliation

Ox jumped half over a fence


Patronizing if not contemptuous condescension

Pay and send substitutes

Peace at any price rose on all sides

Printing Money

Probably forever forbid their living together

Public opinion in this country is everything

Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

Repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law

Repentance before forgiveness

Reply to Secretary Seward's Memorandum

Revolutions never go backward

Revolutions do not go backward

Right to eat the bread he earns

Right makes might

Secession is the essence of anarchy

Seward's Bid for Power

Sherman's March to the Sea

Should be permitted to keep the little he has


Slavery was recognized, by South and North alike, 

as an evil

Smallest are often the most difficult things 

to deal with

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Story of the Emancipation Proclamation


Suppressing all declarations that slavery is wrong

Take advice with candid readiness

Taking care to cut his expressions close

That Some Should Be Rich Shows That Others May 

Become Rich

The animal must be very slim somewhere

Thought of their mind--articulated in his tongue

Too Lazy to Be Anything but a Lawyer

Too silly to require any sort of notice

Trembled for his country

Two Sons Who Want to Work

Uncommon power of clear and compact statement

Wanting to work is so rare a want

War at the Best Is Terrible

We Accepted this War, and Did Not Begin it

We do not want to dissolve the Union; 

you shall not

What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing

Who has the right needs not to fear

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad

Wilmot Proviso

Wisely given their public servants but little 

power for mischief

World Has Never Had a Good Definition of 

the Word Liberty

Would Make War Rather than Let the Nation Survive

Would Accept War Rather than Let it Perish

You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it

You were right and I was wrong

You are not lazy, and still you are an idler

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These quotations were collected from the works of Lincoln by David Widger while preparing etexts for Project Gutenberg. Comments and suggestions will be most welcome.

--And many thanks for your persistence in reading all the way to the end of this page.        D.W.