Abraham Lincoln best inspire & motive quotes collection

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, paved the way to the abolition of slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

Abraham Lincoln quotes have been stickered on the walls of schools, covers of journals, backs of books and Abe is viewed as one of the most popular and influential presidents of all time. Lincoln was known for his leadership during extremely tough times. Here are 5 lessons we can learn from Lincoln leadership, followed by some of his most famous quotes.

  • A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
  • A house divided against itself cannot stand.
  • All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
  • All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
  • Always improve.
  • Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
  • Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
  • Beavers build houses; but they build them in nowise differently, or better now, than they did, five thousand years ago. Ants and honeybees provide food for winter; but just in the same way they did, when Solomon referred the sluggard to them as patterns of prudence. The man is not the only animal who labors, but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
    The character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
  • Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
  • Create a great reputation.
  • Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
  • 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.

  • Everybody likes a compliment.
  • Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
  • He has a right to criticize, who has the heart to help.
  • 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.
  • I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.
  • I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
  • I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
  • I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
  • I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
  • 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.
  • I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
  • I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
  • I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.
  • If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
    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.

  • Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
  • Impossible is possible.
  • In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
  • In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement.
  • Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
  • 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.
  • Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
  • Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
  • Move and then move again.
  • My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
  • Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
  • 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.
  • 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, the man was made for immortality.
  • Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
  • That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
  • The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
  • The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

  • 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.
  • The secret to success is preparation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
  • Whatever you are, be a good one.
  • 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.
  • You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
  • You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

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