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Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Abraham Lincoln



Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Abraham Lincoln



Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel
an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary
for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
Abraham Lincoln



All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Abraham Lincoln



All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in
thought and mind.
Abraham Lincoln



All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
Abraham Lincoln



A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
Abraham Lincoln



A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Abraham Lincoln



A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
Abraham Lincoln



America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be
because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln



And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln



Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake
off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable -
a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
Abraham Lincoln



As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Abraham Lincoln



As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
Abraham Lincoln



Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Abraham Lincoln



Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
Abraham Lincoln



Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Abraham Lincoln



Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln



Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
Abraham Lincoln



Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree
is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln



Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of
them.
Abraham Lincoln



Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and
planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Abraham Lincoln



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.
Abraham Lincoln



Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only
safeguard of our liberties.
Abraham Lincoln



Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Abraham Lincoln



Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I
have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself
worthy of their esteem.
Abraham Lincoln



Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.
Abraham Lincoln



Everybody likes a compliment.
Abraham Lincoln



Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,
conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Abraham Lincoln



Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln



God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
Abraham Lincoln



Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
Abraham Lincoln



He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
Abraham Lincoln



He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to
make.
Abraham Lincoln



Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.
Abraham Lincoln



How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make
it a leg.
Abraham Lincoln



I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any
national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
Abraham Lincoln



I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to
live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him
while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
Abraham Lincoln



I can make more generals, but horses cost money.
Abraham Lincoln



I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
Abraham Lincoln



I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other
friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.
Abraham Lincoln


I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
Abraham Lincoln



I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Abraham Lincoln



I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
Abraham Lincoln



I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson
will be.
Abraham Lincoln



I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
Abraham Lincoln



I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
Abraham Lincoln



I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the
country's cause.
Abraham Lincoln



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.
Abraham Lincoln



I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
Abraham Lincoln



I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all
my life.
Abraham Lincoln



I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
Abraham Lincoln



I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a
flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Abraham Lincoln



I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again.
What I have done since then is pretty well known.
Abraham Lincoln



I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
Abraham Lincoln



I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.
Abraham Lincoln



If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
Abraham Lincoln



If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be
closed for any other business.
Abraham Lincoln



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



If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and
esteem.
Abraham Lincoln



If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
Abraham Lincoln



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



If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge
what to do, and how to do it.
Abraham Lincoln



If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a
leg.
Abraham Lincoln



If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
Abraham Lincoln



Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Abraham Lincoln



In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and
one must be wrong.
Abraham Lincoln



In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln



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



It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln



Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
Abraham Lincoln



Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never
have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the
higher consideration.
Abraham Lincoln



Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and
build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when
built.
Abraham Lincoln



Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as
we understand it.
Abraham Lincoln



Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
Abraham Lincoln



Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln



My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of
earth.
Abraham Lincoln



My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
Abraham Lincoln



Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln



Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.
Abraham Lincoln



No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Abraham Lincoln



No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln



No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
Abraham Lincoln



Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all
lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your
own doors.
Abraham Lincoln



People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln



Public opinion in this country is everything.
Abraham Lincoln



Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can
succeed.
Abraham Lincoln



Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the
dollar.
Abraham Lincoln



Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for
God is always right.
Abraham Lincoln



Some day I shall be President.
Abraham Lincoln



Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.
Abraham Lincoln



Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he
goes wrong.
Abraham Lincoln



Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to
exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.
Abraham Lincoln



Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Abraham Lincoln



That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
Abraham Lincoln



The assertion that "all men are created equal" was of no practical use in effecting our separation
from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.
Abraham Lincoln



The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Abraham Lincoln



The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
Abraham Lincoln



The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
Abraham Lincoln



The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
Abraham Lincoln



The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high
with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew
and act anew.
Abraham Lincoln



The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
Abraham Lincoln



The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he makes so many of them.
Abraham Lincoln



The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.
Abraham Lincoln



The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
Abraham Lincoln



The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the
next.
Abraham Lincoln



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.
Abraham Lincoln



The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his
liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the
sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.
Abraham Lincoln



The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't
read.
Abraham Lincoln



The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
Abraham Lincoln



The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that
anybody wishes to hinder him.
Abraham Lincoln



There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter
of Time."
Abraham Lincoln



There is nothing true anywhere, The true is nowhere to be seen; If you say you see the true, This
seeing is not the true one.
Abraham Lincoln



These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.
Abraham Lincoln



These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power,
they, and all others, shall have.
Abraham Lincoln



Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Abraham Lincoln



This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall
grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending
it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
Abraham Lincoln



Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln



To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
Abraham Lincoln



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



To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.
Abraham Lincoln



Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
Abraham Lincoln



We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Abraham Lincoln



We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the
Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Abraham Lincoln



What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
Abraham Lincoln



Whatever you are, be a good one.
Abraham Lincoln



When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about
myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
Abraham Lincoln



When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Abraham Lincoln



You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Abraham Lincoln



You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for
themselves.
Abraham Lincoln



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



You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
Abraham Lincoln



You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot
fool all the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln



With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
Abraham Lincoln



With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
Abraham Lincoln



With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see
the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
Abraham Lincoln



Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him
personally.
Abraham Lincoln



When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him
run.
Abraham Lincoln



When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
Abraham Lincoln








If I talk to a girl, it's assumed that I'm having a scene with her. If I don't, then it's assumed that
I'm gay.
Shahrukh Khan



It is stupid on my part to think of banning the media.
Shahrukh Khan



Whenever I fail as a father or husband... a toy and a diamond always works.
Shahrukh Khan



I don't kiss on screen. Period.
Shahrukh Khan



Cinema in India is like brushing your teeth in the morning. You can't escape it.
Shahrukh Khan



I'd like to believe there's a little of Hitler and Napoleon in me. Even if I try, I can't be as selfless
as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.
Shahrukh Khan



Recently an actor asked me to teach him how to speak fast. Wasn't I once criticised for speaking
too fast? Now they're doing it my way.
Shahrukh Khan



Maybe the country doesn't pray for me like they do for Sachin Tendulkar, but I know I'm on a
good wicket as well.
Shahrukh Khan



I work like a retailer. I sell my services, take my money and keep it in the bank.
Shahrukh Khan



I'm no megalomaniac. Even I found it boring to have an entire website devoted to trivia about
me. No one's interested in a one man show, unless you happen to be an Amitabh Bachchan.
Shahrukh Khan



I dont sit around complaining about the lack of good roles. I will play Raj 85 times and still
make him different.
Shahrukh Khan



Id die if people didnt recognise me. I would not be able to walk on the road if people didnt mob
me. Thats what I work for.
Shahrukh Khan



When I have the right to make you cry in a dark room for three hours, you have the right to ask
me any question you want.
Shahrukh Khan



Sex is not required to sell my film. My name is enough.
Shahrukh Khan



The collar-bone is my favourite part of the human body.
Shahrukh Khan



Awards who ignores me are losers
Shahrukh Khan



You never win the silver, you only lose the gold
Shahrukh Khan



The dream I chased, took me on a journey. A journey more rewarding then the goals, the
achievements. When I look back its like facing a million mirrors. Each reflection opens a
window. A window to the world Ive just discovered. The world I want to share with all of you
Shahrukh Khan



Thank you for giving me so much love, that I dont miss my parents anymore
Shahrukh Khan



You can love me or hate me but.. you cant ignore me
Shahrukh Khan



I am very shy. If I am flying British Airways and the airhostess asks me two questions, and I
dont understand her accent - I will go hungry for the entire flight.
Shahrukh Khan



I can't say that only the citizens litter. I must say that I have also been wrong in doing this. We
need to ban plastics and be a little careful with garbage.
Shahrukh Khan



If it could have happened through a film that I was associated with, it would have made be
doubly proud. It makes me proud anyway. I am not disappointed.
Shahrukh Khan






Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
William Shakespeare



Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
William Shakespeare



Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
William Shakespeare



Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
William Shakespeare



Love is too young to know what conscience is.
William Shakespeare



Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
William Shakespeare



Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and
breaks all chains from every mind.
William Shakespeare



Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.
William Shakespeare



Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
William Shakespeare



Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids,
but the sky changes when they are wives.
William Shakespeare



Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
William Shakespeare



Men's vows are women's traitors!
William Shakespeare



Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.
William Shakespeare



Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
William Shakespeare



Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
William Shakespeare



My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.
William Shakespeare



My pride fell with my fortunes.
William Shakespeare



Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.
William Shakespeare



Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
William Shakespeare



No legacy is so rich as honesty.
William Shakespeare



No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.
William Shakespeare



Nothing can come of nothing.
William Shakespeare



Now is the winter of our discontent.
William Shakespeare



Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
William Shakespeare



O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!
William Shakespeare



O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
William Shakespeare



O, had I but followed the arts!
William Shakespeare



O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
William Shakespeare



O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
William Shakespeare



O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!
William Shakespeare



O' What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!
William Shakespeare



One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare



Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare



Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
William Shakespeare



Parting is such sweet sorrow.
William Shakespeare



Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
William Shakespeare



Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
William Shakespeare



Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.
William Shakespeare



Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without
deserving.
William Shakespeare



So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
William Shakespeare



Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare



Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
William Shakespeare



Speak low, if you speak love.
William Shakespeare


Such as we are made of, such we be.
William Shakespeare




Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
William Shakespeare



Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
William Shakespeare



Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious
jewel in his head.
William Shakespeare



Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
William Shakespeare



Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
William Shakespeare



Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
William Shakespeare



Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart.
William Shakespeare



The attempt and not the deed confounds us.
William Shakespeare



The course of true love never did run smooth.
William Shakespeare



The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
William Shakespeare



The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
William Shakespeare



The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
William Shakespeare



The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.
William Shakespeare



The golden age is before us, not behind us.
William Shakespeare



The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
William Shakespeare



The love of heaven makes one heavenly.
William Shakespeare



The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
William Shakespeare



The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for
treasons, stratagems and spoils.
William Shakespeare



The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and
steal out of your company.
William Shakespeare



The object of art is to give life a shape.
William Shakespeare



The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
William Shakespeare



The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.
William Shakespeare



The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.
William Shakespeare



The valiant never taste of death but once.
William Shakespeare



The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
William Shakespeare



The wheel is come full circle.
William Shakespeare



There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
William Shakespeare



There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all
the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now
afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
William Shakespeare



There is no darkness but ignorance.
William Shakespeare



There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
William Shakespeare



There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
William Shakespeare



There's many a man has more hair than wit.
William Shakespeare



There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.
William Shakespeare



There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.
William Shakespeare



There's place and means for every man alive.
William Shakespeare



They do not love that do not show their love.
William Shakespeare



They say miracles are past.
William Shakespeare



Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
William Shakespeare



Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
William Shakespeare



This above all; to thine own self be true.
William Shakespeare



Time and the hour run through the roughest day.
William Shakespeare



'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.
William Shakespeare



'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.
William Shakespeare



'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.
William Shakespeare



'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
William Shakespeare



To be, or not to be: that is the question.
William Shakespeare



To do a great right do a little wrong.
William Shakespeare



To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to
any man.
William Shakespeare



Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.
William Shakespeare



Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
William Shakespeare



Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?
William Shakespeare



Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
William Shakespeare



Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
William Shakespeare



We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.
William Shakespeare



We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from...
Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their
elements.
William Shakespeare



We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare



Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.
William Shakespeare



What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and
moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a
god.
William Shakespeare



What is past is prologue.
William Shakespeare



What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.
William Shakespeare



What's done can't be undone.
William Shakespeare



What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
William Shakespeare



When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
William Shakespeare



When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
William Shakespeare



When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
William Shakespeare



When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
William Shakespeare



Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.
William Shakespeare



Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
William Shakespeare



Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.
William Shakespeare



With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
William Shakespeare



Women may fall when there's no strength in men.
William Shakespeare



A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare



A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
William Shakespeare



A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party
loser.
William Shakespeare



Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment.
William Shakespeare



Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!
William Shakespeare



All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their
entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
William Shakespeare



Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
William Shakespeare



An overflow of good converts to bad.
William Shakespeare



And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
William Shakespeare



And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
William Shakespeare



As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
William Shakespeare



As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
William Shakespeare



As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
William Shakespeare



Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have
greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare



Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.
William Shakespeare



Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
William Shakespeare



Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
William Shakespeare



Boldness be my friend.
William Shakespeare



Brevity is the soul of wit.
William Shakespeare



But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
William Shakespeare



But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
William Shakespeare



By that sin fell the angels.
William Shakespeare



Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment
looked; and either may be wrong.
William Shakespeare



Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
William Shakespeare



Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
William Shakespeare



Death is a fearful thing.
William Shakespeare



Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.
William Shakespeare



Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.
William Shakespeare



Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above.
William Shakespeare



Expectation is the root of all heartache.
William Shakespeare



Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
William Shakespeare



False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
William Shakespeare



Farewell, fair cruelty.
William Shakespeare



Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
William Shakespeare



For I can raise no money by vile means.
William Shakespeare



For my part, it was Greek to me.
William Shakespeare



Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
William Shakespeare



Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
William Shakespeare



Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.
William Shakespeare



Give thy thoughts no tongue.
William Shakespeare



Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
William Shakespeare



God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
William Shakespeare



God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
William Shakespeare



Having nothing, nothing can he lose.
William Shakespeare



He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.
William Shakespeare



He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
William Shakespeare



He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.
William Shakespeare



He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer.
William Shakespeare



Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
William Shakespeare



Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
William Shakespeare



How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good dead in a naughty world.
William Shakespeare



How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!
William Shakespeare



How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
William Shakespeare



How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
William Shakespeare



How well he's read, to reason against reading!
William Shakespeare



I am not bound to please thee with my answer.
William Shakespeare



I bear a charmed life.
William Shakespeare



I dote on his very absence.
William Shakespeare



I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it
too!
William Shakespeare



I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine
is a sad one.
William Shakespeare



I like not fair terms and a villain's mind.
William Shakespeare



I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter
curbed by the will of a dead father.
William Shakespeare



I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.
William Shakespeare



I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
William Shakespeare



I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
William Shakespeare



I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.
William Shakespeare



I was adored once too.
William Shakespeare



I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
William Shakespeare



I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual
motion.
William Shakespeare



I will praise any man that will praise me.
William Shakespeare



If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.
William Shakespeare



If music be the food of love, play on.
William Shakespeare



If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor
men's cottage princes' palaces.
William Shakespeare



If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the
greater share of honor.
William Shakespeare



If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak
then unto me.
William Shakespeare



If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
William Shakespeare



If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not
die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
William Shakespeare



Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
William Shakespeare



In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
William Shakespeare



In time we hate that which we often fear.
William Shakespeare



Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?
William Shakespeare



It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare



It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
William Shakespeare



It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
William Shakespeare



It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.
William Shakespeare



It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.
William Shakespeare



Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
William Shakespeare



Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.
William Shakespeare



Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
William Shakespeare



Let no such man be trusted.
William Shakespeare



Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
William Shakespeare



Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
William Shakespeare



Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
William Shakespeare



Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then
is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare



Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.
William Shakespeare



Listen to many, speak to a few.
William Shakespeare



Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.
William Shakespeare






























50 things you might not know about Barack Obama
He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics
He was known as "O'Bomber" at high school for his skill at basketball
His name means "one who is blessed" in Swahili
His favourite meal is wife Michelle's shrimp linguini
He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My
Father
He is left-handed the sixth post-war president to be left-handed
He has read every Harry Potter book
He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali
He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't stand ice
cream
His favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars
He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia
He can speak Spanish
While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports channels on
instead
His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea
He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president he didn't
He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia
He can bench press an impressive 200lbs
He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by his full
name
His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
He visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his half-sister's fianc, but
left when a stripper arrived
His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy
He and Michelle made $4.2 million (2.7 million) last year, with much coming from
sales of his books
His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq
for good luck
He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by
the all-female committee.
His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees
He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date
He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker
He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol
He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician
As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine
His daughters' ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress (Malia, 10) and
to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)
He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside
He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal
His house in Chicago has four fire places
Daughter Malia's godmother is Jesse Jackson's daughter Santita
He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry
He uses an Apple Mac laptop
He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300
He wears $1,500 (952) Hart Schaffner Marx suits
He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes
He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (13)
His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire
He was given the code name "Renegade" by his Secret Service handlers
He was nicknamed "Bar" by his late grandmother
He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds
His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso
His speciality as a cook is chilli
He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were "street urchins"
He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of
the fragility of life
His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government







I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash
war.
Barack Obama



I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
Barack Obama



Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little
of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that
you realize your true potential.
Barack Obama



Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by
providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.
Barack Obama



Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones
we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama



Americans... still believe in an America where anything's possible - they just don't think their
leaders do.
Barack Obama



A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of
music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'
Barack Obama



I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in
my White House.
Barack Obama



I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of
liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times
when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
Barack Obama



I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its
repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban
gays and lesbians from marrying.
Barack Obama



I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.
Barack Obama



I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about
values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
Barack Obama



If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and
to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.
Barack Obama



If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make
progress.
Barack Obama



In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a
politics of hope?
Barack Obama



Issues are never simple. One thing Im proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the
issues.
Barack Obama



It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun.
Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a
little bit better than the one we inhabit today.
Barack Obama



It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who
aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their
frustrations.
Barack Obama



John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded.
Barack Obama



Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
Barack Obama



My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.
Barack Obama



My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities
of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a
tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.
Barack Obama



No one is pro-abortion.
Barack Obama



Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military
transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations.
This Administration has overextended our military.
Barack Obama



Over the last 15 months, weve traveled to every corner of the United States. Ive now been in
57 states? I think one left to go.
Barack Obama



People of Berlin - people of the world - this is our moment. This is our time.
Barack Obama



Poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union, or secrets from a scientist in
Pakistan could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris. The poppies in Afghanistan become the
heroin in Berlin. The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow.
Barack Obama



The Bush Administration's failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace
with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly
damaging to our standing in the Arab world.
Barack Obama



The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has extended a little longer than 15 minutes is somewhat
surprising to me and completely baffling to my wife.
Barack Obama



The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a
complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
Barack Obama



There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in
Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending
the United States of America.
Barack Obama



There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of
America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian
America - there's the United States of America.
Barack Obama



There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.
Barack Obama



This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share
its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development.
But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.
Barack Obama



This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will
not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms
devastate our lands.
Barack Obama



Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and
murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread
those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
Barack Obama



Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our
skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a
very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.
Barack Obama



We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all
times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership.
That's not going to happen.
Barack Obama



We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security
objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as
powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
Barack Obama



We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We
must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can
still get the best education possible.
Barack Obama



We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and
they must be defeated.
Barack Obama



We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young
teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or
disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.
Barack Obama



We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be
excellent.
Barack Obama



We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and
wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these
things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
Barack Obama



We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around
our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in
the Red States.
Barack Obama



We're not going to baby sit a civil war.
Barack Obama



What Washington needs is adult supervision.
Barack Obama



When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear
proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our
shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
Barack Obama



Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without
extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest
degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.
Barack Obama



Why can't I just eat my waffle?
Barack Obama



With the changing economy, no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide
lifetime employability.
Barack Obama



You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt.
Barack Obama
















Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the
infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking
about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to
say.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Sorrow comes to all...Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You cannot now
realize that you will ever feel better and yet you are sure to be happy again.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
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.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will
be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart
to let him down...
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am
bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and
stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your
failure.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's
side, for God is always right
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
God must Abraham Lincoln the common man, he made so many of them
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the
dollar
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
I am not concerned that you have fallen / I am concerned that you arise.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until
the end
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never
suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you
want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness
of purpose.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances
which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one
thing.
- Abraham Lincoln quotes
















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right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new
one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right
- a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world." -
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under a just God, can not long retain it." - Abraham Lincoln






ABRAHAM LINCOLN QUOTES
If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of
God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now
wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due
to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine
attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope,
fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God
wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bondmans two hundred and fifty years
of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be
paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must
be said the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. - View Quote Details
on If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of
Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and
formed and fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud, and
pampered enemy. Did we brave all them to falter now? now, when that same enemy is
wavering, dissevered, and belligerent? The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail if we
stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner
or later, the victory is sure to come. - View Quote Details on Of strange, discordant, and
even hostile elements, we gathered from
The following passage is the source of many supposed Lincoln quotes. Despite the quotation
marks (in the original), these are not Lincolns own words, but just Gerry McGeer s
interpretation of Lincolns policy. - View Quote Details on The following passage is the
source of many supposed Lincoln
Wrong as we think slavery is, we can yet afford to let it alone where it is, because that much is
due to the necessity arising from its actual presence in the nation; but can we, while our votes
will prevent it, allow it to spread into the National Territories, and to overrun us here in these
Free States? If our sense of duty forbids this, then let us stand by our duty, fearlessly and
effectively. Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so
industriously plied and belabored contrivances such as groping for some middle ground
between the right and the wrong, vain as the search for a man who should be neither a living
man nor a dead man such as a policy of dont care on a question about which all true
men do care such as Union appeals beseeching true Union men to yield to Disunionists,
reversing the divine rule, and calling, not the sinners, but the righteous to repentance such
as invocations to Washington, imploring men to unsay what Washington said, and undo
what Washington did. - View Quote Details on Wrong as we think slavery is, we can yet
afford
What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree. - View Quote Details
on What is to be, will be, and no prayers of
I do not like that man. I must get to know him better. - View Quote Details on I do not like
that man. I must get to
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. I
surely will not blame them for not doing what I should not know how to do myself. If all
earthly power were given me, I should not know what to do as to the existing institution. My
first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native
land. But a moments reflection would convince me that whatever of high hope (as I think
there is) there may be in this in the long run, its sudden execution is impossible. If they were
all landed there in a day, they would all perish in the next ten days; and there are not surplus
shipping and surplus money enough to carry them there in many times ten days. What then?
Free them all, and keep them among us as underlings? Is it quite certain that this betters
their condition? I think I would not hold one in slavery at any rate, yet the point is not clear
enough for me to denounce people upon. What next? Free them, and make them politically
and socially our equals. My own feelings will not admit of this, and if mine would, we well
know that those of the great mass of whites will not. Whether this feeling accords with justice
and sound judgment is not the sole question, if indeed it is any part of it. A universal feeling,
whether well or ill founded, cannot be safely disregarded. We cannot then make them equals.
It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be adopted, but for their
tardiness in this I will not undertake to judge our brethren of the South. - View Quote Details
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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. - View Quote Details on The probability that we may fail in the
struggle ought
I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember
when I did not so think, and feel. And yet I have never understood that the Presidency
conferred upon me an unrestricted right to act officially upon this judgment and feeling. It
was in the oath I took that I would, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the
Constitution of the United States. I could not take the office without taking the oath. Nor was
it my view that I might take an oath to get power, and break the oath in using the power. I
understood, too, that in ordinary civil administration this oath even forbade me to practically
indulge my primary abstract judgment on the moral question of slavery. I had publicly
declared this many times, and in many ways. And I aver that, to this day, I have done no
official act in mere deference to my abstract judgment and feeling on slavery. I did
understand however, that my oath to preserve the constitution to the best of my ability,
imposed upon me the duty of preserving, by every indispensable means, that government
that nation of which that constitution was the organic law. - View Quote Details on I am
naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing
I have never had the least apprehension that I or my friends would marry negroes if there
was no law to keep them from it, but as Judge Douglas and his friends seem to be in great
apprehension that they might, if there were no law to keep them from it, I give him the most
solemn pledge that I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the
marrying of white people with negroes. - View Quote Details on I have never had the least
apprehension that I or
Under the Dred Scott decision, squatter sovereignty squatted out of existence, tumbled
down like temporary scaffolding like the mould at the foundry served through one blast
and fell back into loose sand helped to carry an election, and then was kicked to the winds.
- View Quote Details on Under the Dred Scott decision, squatter sovereignty squatted out
of
We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with
each newspaper we read. - View Quote Details on We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety
beclouds the
A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure,
permanently half slave and half free. 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. - View Quote Details on A house divided against itself cannot stand.
I believe this
There lies the most perfect ruler of men the world has ever seen. Now he belongs to the ages.
- View Quote Details on There lies the most perfect ruler of men the world
In his company I was never in any way reminded of my humble origin, or of my unpopular
color. - View Quote Details on In his company I was never in any way reminded
Judge Douglas frequently, with bitter irony and sarcasm, paraphrases our argument by
saying: The white people of Nebraska are good enough to govern themselves, but they are
not good enough to govern a few miserable negroes!
Well! I doubt not that the people of Nebraska are and will continue to be as good as the
average of people elsewhere. I do not say the contrary. What I do say is that no man is good
enough to govern another man without that others consent. I say this is the leading
principle, the sheet-anchor of American republicanism. Our Declaration of Independence
says: We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among
men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
I have quoted so much at this time merely to show that, according to our ancient faith, the
just powers of governments are derived from the consent of the governed. Now the relation
of master and slave is pro tanto a total violation of this principle. The master not only
governs the slave without his consent, but he governs him by a set of rules altogether
different from those which he prescribes for himself. Allow all the governed an equal voice in
the government, and that, and that only, is self-government. - View Quote Details on Judge
Douglas frequently, with bitter irony and sarcasm, paraphrases our
I propose now closing up by requesting you play a certain piece of music or a tune. I thought
Dixie one of the best tunes I ever heard I had heard our adversaries over the way had
attempted to appropriate it. I insisted yesterday that we had fairly captured it I presented
the question to the Attorney-General, and he gave his opinion that it is our lawful prize I
ask the Band to give us a good turn upon it. - View Quote Details on I propose now closing
up by requesting you play a
My earlier views on the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human
origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no
reason for thinking I shall ever change them. -View Quote Details on My earlier views on the
unsoundness of the Christian scheme
In the great journal of things happening under the sun, we, the American People, find our
account running, under date of the nineteenth century of the Christian era. We find
ourselves in the peaceful possession, of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of
territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We find ourselves under the government of
a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious
liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us. We, when mounting the stage
of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings. -View Quote
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If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? - View Quote Details on If I were two-
faced, would I be wearing this one?
We leave to some Emil Ludwig or his ilk the drawing of Abraham Lincolns portrait with rosy
little wings. Lincolns significance lies in his not hesitating before the most severe means
once they were found to be necessary in achieving a great historic aim posed by the
development of a young nation. The question lies not even in which of the warring camps
caused or itself suffered the greatest number of victims. History has different yardsticks for
the cruelty of the Northerners and the cruelty of the Southerners in the Civil War. A slave-
owner who through cunning and violence shackles a slave in chains, and a slave who through
cunning or violence breaks the chains let not the contemptible eunuchs tell us that they are
equals before a court of morality! - View Quote Details on We leave to some Emil Ludwig or
his ilk the
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved,
these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as
no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious
hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we
have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were
produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken
success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving
grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! -View Quote Details on We have been the
recipients of the choicest bounties of
I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
Now, at the end of three years struggle the nations condition is not what either party, or any
man devised, or expected. God alone can claim it. Whither it is tending seems plain. If God
now wills the removal of a great wrong, and wills also that we of the North as well as you of
the South, shall pay fairly for our complicity in that wrong, impartial history will find therein
new cause to attest and revere the justice and goodness of God. - View Quote Details on I
claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly
Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to
send a barrel of it to my other generals. - View Quote Details onWell, I wish some of you
would tell me the
Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation
survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came Neither
party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained.
Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict
itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and
astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid
against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just Gods
assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other mens faces; but let us judge not
that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been
answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. - View Quote Details on Both parties
deprecated war, but one of them would make
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any
national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. - View Quote Details on I am a
firm believer in the people. If given
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,
conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we
are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and
so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come
to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives
that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a
larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground. The
brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor
power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but
it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to
the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather
for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored
dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of
devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this
nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people,
by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - View Quote Details on Four
score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth
Perhaps a mans character is like a tree, and his reputation like its character: the shadow is
what we think of it, the tree is the real thing. - View Quote Details onPerhaps a mans
character is like a tree, and his
If there is not the war, you dont get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you
dont get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known
his name. - View Quote Details on If there is not the war, you dont get the
Now let it be written in history and on Mr. Lincolns tombstone: He died an unbeliever. -
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So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war! -View Quote
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I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason; I
can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me. - View Quote
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You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you
can not fool all of the people all of the time. - View Quote Details on You can fool some of the
people all of the
Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the
Almighty and them. - View Quote Details on Men are not flattered by being shown that
there has
Our popular government has often been called an experiment. Two points in it our people
have already settled the successful establishing and the successful administering of it. One
still remains its successful maintenance against a formidable internal attempt to
overthrow it. It is now for them to demonstrate to the world that those who can fairly carry
an election can also suppress a rebellion; that ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors
of bullets; and that when ballots have fairly and constitutionally decided, there can be no
successful appeal back to bullets Such will be a great lesson of peace: teaching men that
what they cannot take by election, neither can they take it by war; teaching all the folly of
being the beginners of a war. - View Quote Details on Our popular government has often
been called an experiment. Two
I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the
states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do
so. - View Quote Details on I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with
Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States,
containing, among other things, the following, to wit: That on the first day of January, in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves
within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion
against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive
Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will
recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress
such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom. That the
Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States
and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion
against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day
be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen
thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have
participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive
evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United
States. - View Quote Details on Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the
year
The new year of 1854 found slavery excluded from more than half the States by State
Constitutions, and from most of the national territory by congressional prohibition.
Four days later, commenced the struggle, which ended in repealing that congressional
prohibition.
This opened all the national territory to slavery, and was the first point gained.
This necessity had not been overlooked; but had been provided for, as well as might be, in the
notable argument of squatter sovereignty, otherwise called sacred right of self
government, which latter phrase, though expressive of the only rightful basis of any
government, was so perverted in this attempted use of it as to amount to just this: That if any
one man, choose to enslave another, no third man shall be allowed to object. - View Quote
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Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine
the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged. - View Quote Details
on Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. - View Quote Details on I destroy my
enemies when I make them my friends.
When, early in the war, Gen. Fremont attempted military emancipation, I forbade it, because
I did not then think it an indispensable necessity. When a little later, Gen. Cameron, then
Secretary of War, suggested the arming of the blacks, I objected, because I did not yet think it
an indispensable necessity. When, still later, Gen. Hunter attempted military emancipation, I
again forbade it, because I did not yet think the indispensable necessity had come. When, in
March, and May, and July 1862 I made earnest, and successive appeals to the border states
to favor compensated emancipation, I believed the indispensable necessity for military
emancipation, and arming the blacks would come, unless averted by that measure. They
declined the proposition; and I was, in my best judgment, driven to the alternative of either
surrendering the Union, and with it, the Constitution, or of laying strong hand upon the
colored element. I chose the latter. In choosing it, I hoped for greater gain than loss; but of
this, I was not entirely confident. More than a year of trial now shows no loss by it in our
foreign relations, none in our home popular sentiment, none in our white military force,
no loss by it any how or any where. On the contrary, it shows a gain of quite a hundred and
thirty thousand soldiers, seamen, and laborers. These are palpable facts, about which, as
facts, there can be no cavilling. We have the men; and we could not have had them without
the measure. - View Quote Details on When, early in the war, Gen. Fremont attempted
military emancipation,
He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met. -View Quote
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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will
be because we destroyed ourselves. - View Quote Details onAmerica will never be destroyed
from the outside. If we
Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I
can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged
in. - View Quote Details on Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any
Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
- View Quote Details on Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go
Such a decision is all that slavery now lacks of being alike lawful in all the States. Welcome,
or unwelcome, such decision is probably coming, and will soon be upon us, unless the power
of the present political dynasty shall be met and overthrown. We shall lie down pleasantly
dreaming that the people of Missouri are on the verge of making their State free, and we shall
awake to the reality instead, that the Supreme Court has made Illinois a slave State. To meet
and overthrow the power of that dynasty is the work now before all those who would prevent
that consummation. This is what we have to do. How can we best do it ? - View Quote Details
on Such a decision is all that slavery now lacks of
The Autocrat of all the Russias will resign his crown, and proclaim his subjects free
republicans sooner than will our American masters voluntarily give up their slaves. - View
Quote Details on The Autocrat of all the Russias will resign his crown,
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of
redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. - View Quote
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He has a face like a hoosier Michael Angelo, so awful ugly it becomes beautiful, with its
strange mouth, its deep-cut, criss-cross lines, and its doughnut complexion. - View Quote
Details on He has a face like a hoosier Michael Angelo, so
Negro equality! Fudge!! How long, in the government of a God, great enough to make and
maintain this Universe, shall there continue to be knaves to vend, and fools to gulp, so low a
piece of demagogism as this? - View Quote Details onNegro equality! Fudge!! How long, in
the government of a
Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken
this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty. -
View Quote Details on Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him,
who
Its my experience that folks who have no vices have generally very few virtues. - View Quote
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Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can
not long retain it. - View Quote Details on Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not
for
That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and hence is just
encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house
of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring
that his own shall be safe from violence when built. -View Quote Details on That some
should be rich, shows that others may become
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by
tearing down big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the
wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending
more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage
by taking away a mans initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by
doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. - View Quote Details onYou
cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You
We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast
amount of treasure and blood It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in
the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety
of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of
corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to
prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated
in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the
safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions
may prove groundless. - View Quote Details on We may congratulate ourselves that this
cruel war is nearing
Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold,
calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and
defence. Let those materials be moulded into general intelligence, sound morality, and in
particular, a reverence for the constitution and laws: and, that we improved to the last; that
we remained free to the last; that we revered his name to the last; that, during his long sleep,
we permitted no hostile foot to pass over or desecrate his resting place; shall be that which to
learn the last trump shall awaken our WASHINGTON.
Upon these let the proud fabric of freedom rest, as the rock of its basis; and as truly as has
been said of the only greater institution, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. - View
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From time to time, life as a leader can look hopeless. To help you, consider a man who lived
through this: Failed in business at age 31. Defeated for the legislature at 32. Again failed in
business at 34. Sweetheart died at 35. Had a nervous breakdown at 36. Defeated in election
at 38. Defeated for Congress at 43. Defeated for Congress at 46. Defeated for Congress at 48.
Defeated for Senate at 55. Defeated for Vice President at 56. Defeated for Senate at 58.
Elected President at age 60. This man was Abraham Lincoln. - View Quote Details on From
time to time, life as a leader can look
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. - View Quote Details
on Most folks are about as happy as they make up
Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man, this race and that race
and the other race being inferior and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position.
Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall
once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal. - View Quote Details on Let us
discard all this quibbling about this man and
There are those who denounce us openly to their own friends and yet whisper us softly, that
Senator Douglas is the aptest instrument there is with which to effect that object. They
remind us that he is a great man, and that the largest of us are very small ones. Let this be
granted. But 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 does not care anything about it. His avowed mission is impressing the public heart to
care nothing about it. For years he has labored to prove it a sacred right of white men to
take negro slaves into the new Territories. Can he possibly show that it is less a sacred right
to buy them where they can be bought cheapest? And unquestionably they can be bought
cheaper in Africa than in Virginia. He has done all in his power to reduce the whole question
of slavery to one of a mere right of property; and as such, how can he oppose the foreign slave
trade how can he refuse that trade in that property shall be perfectly free unless he
does it as a protection to the home production? And as the home producers will probably not
ask the protection, he will be wholly without a ground of opposition. - View Quote Details
on There are those who denounce us openly to their own
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. -View Quote
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Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. -
View Quote Details on Give me six hours to chop down a tree and
The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled
high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think
anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall our selves, and then we shall save our country.
Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will
be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare
one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or
dishonor, to the latest generation. - View Quote Details on The dogmas of the quiet past, are
inadequate to the
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. - View Quote Details
on The best thing about the future is that it comes
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. In any case that arises, as for
instance, the promulgation of abolitionism, one of two positions is necessarily true; that is,
the thing is right within itself, and therefore deserves the protection of all law and all good
citizens; or, it is wrong, and therefore proper to be prohibited by legal enactments; and in
neither case, is the interposition of mob law, either necessary, justifiable, or excusable. -
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It is better to stay silent and let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and
remove all doubt. - View Quote Details on It is better to stay silent and let people think
This is essentially a peoples contest. On the side of the Union it is a struggle for maintaining
in the world that form and substance of government whose leading object is to elevate the
condition of men to lift artificial weights from their shoulders; to clear the paths of
laudable pursuit for all; to afford all an unfettered start, and a fair chance in the race of life.
Yielding to partial and temporary departures, from necessity, this is the leading object of the
government for whose existence we contend. - View Quote Details on This is essentially a
peoples contest. On the side of
It is the eternal struggle between these two principles right and wrong throughout the
world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time;
and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other
the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the
same spirit that says, You toil and work and earn bread, and Ill eat it. No matter in what
shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own
nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving
another race, it is the same tyrannical principle. - View Quote Details on It is the eternal
struggle between these two principles
I went to the White House shortly after tea where I found the original gorilla, about as
intelligent as ever. What a specimen to be at the head of our affairs now! - View Quote
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We must think anew, and act anew. - Abraham Lincoln
Did anyone in history understand the importance of thinking and acting anew more than
Abraham Lincoln? When President Lincoln wrote the words above, his beloved country was
facing its darkest hour: The Civil War. He wrote, The dogmas of the quiet past are
inadequate to the stormy present. We must think anew, and act anew.
2010 is on our doorstep. In fact, as Im typing these words, hes making his way into many
homes. The type of house guest hell become is, to a large extent up to us. If we are able
to approach old problems with new solutions, he may be the finest house guest weve ever
had. However, if we keep doing that which isnt quite good enough, hell be like the
overbearing uncle that always wears out his welcome as he wears out our nerves.
Thinking and acting anew is pretty much what New Years Resolutions are all about. When
the man who is 40 pounds overweight sits down with his pen and paper and writes Eat out
less often. Walk for 30 minutes each day. No more fries! etc. he is, in fact, finding
new approaches to 40 old problems. In the period of time that he spends with his pen and
paper, his mind searches for new actions thatll solve his problem, new ideas thatll lead him
to a happier and healthier life. If he just wrote Lose weight on his paper, he wouldnt be
making a resolution as much as hed be making a wish.
If you want your own New Years Resolutions to help guide you along the path to making
your dreams come true, be specific. Take specific problems and come up with specific
solutions.
As one of the greatest Americans to ever live said, We must think anew, and act anew.
Id like to take the opportunity to wish you the happiest and healthiest 2010 imaginable. I
hope you laugh daily, love deeply, and live life as its meant to be lived out loud and with a
smile on your face. If you have big dreams, I hope youll never quit running toward them
and if you have high hopes, I hope you never quit reaching for them. God bless you and
those you dearly love! Happy New Year! Joi