ABRAHAM LINCOLN





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

service



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 

master



Ask of you military success, and I will risk the 

dictatorship



Bad promises are better broken than kept



Better for their own good than if they had been 

successful



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



Colonization



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 

citizenship



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



Gingerbread



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 

commonplace



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



Mexico



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



Pardoned



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



Slave-traders



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



Strikes



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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If you wish to read the entire context of any of these quotations, select a short segment and copy it into your clipboard memory--then open the appropriate eBook and paste the phrase into your computer's find or search operation.


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.