Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was our 16th President from March 1861 until his assassination by John Wilkes Booth 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 abolition of slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy. He was a native of Hodgenville, Kentucky and grew up on the western frontier in Kentucky and Indiana. Largely self-educated, he became a lawyer in Illinois. Because of his opposition to slavery, Lincoln’s victory prompted seven southern slave states to form the Confederate States of America before he moved into the White House. As they say, “the rest is history”.
Arguably one of the best known presidents, Lincoln has left us some stirring speeches – the Gettysburg address being probably the most famous. Here are some shorter quotes from him:
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.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.