Abraham Lincoln Quotes

But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot 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 […]

The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society.

I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.

If A can prove, however conclusively, that he may, of right enslave B – why may not B snatch the same argument, and prove equally, that he may enslave A. You say A is white and B is black. It is color, then; the lighter, having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By […]

As to the policy I ‘seem to be pursuing’ as You say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt. I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be the ‘Union as it […]

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

In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free, – honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve

I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free

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

Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it by being a slave himself.