Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He is the second child of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. He was a lawyer and statesman who became the 16th president of The United States. Lincoln was a prominent person because of all the things he achieved while being the president. Through the American civil war, he led the country, abolished slavery, preserved unions, bolstered the federal government, and modernized the US economy.
Because of his legacy, tons of books were written about him. Some of which include Lincoln by David Herbert Donald, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Battlecry of Freedom: The Civil War Era and Lincoln at Gettysburg, the Words that Made American, among others.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN QUOTES COMPILATON
Some of the books about him revolve around his speeches that resulted in significant changes in the country. Here’s a compiled list of Abraham Lincoln quotes that left a massive impact on society and history. Check out these posters with Abraham Lincoln quotes.
“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“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.”
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
“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 up to what light I have.”
“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
“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.”
“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.”
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
One of the most jarring moments in history was Abraham Lincoln’s death. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and a confederate spy. Lincoln was shot on the head on April 14, 1865, at around 10 pm. He died at 7:22 am on April 15.
The casket containing his body travelled for 3 weeks in a special funeral train that stopped at many cities for memorials, which were then attended by hundreds of thousands of people.
Because of the impact on his nation and the whole world, there were many tributes and commemorations about him. His portrait appears in two denominations of US currency, as well as on various postage stamps.
His image was carved at Mount Rushmore, and a museum and a memorial establishment were built under his name. Even now, he is still being included in pop culture so that new generations wouldn’t forget about the things that he did. Hopefully, this compilation of Abraham Lincoln quotes could also serve as a reminder of the 16th president’s legacy.