Abraham Lincoln

16th president of US (1809 - 1865)

The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves.

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

What is conservativism? Is it not the aherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?

The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us.

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.

Neither Heaven nor Hell. It is simply Purgatory.

If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

Whatever you are, be a good one.

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.

Whatever you are, be a good one.