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Top 10 Quotes From President Abraham Lincoln

FIrst of all, I want to show you my favorite photo of Honest Abe entitled “Abraham Lincoln, seated, holding spectacles and a pencil,” taken by Alexander Gardner on Feb 5th, 1865.
Photo found on Shorpy.com! I'm going to buy this someday!

I love this photo for so many reasons:

  • The Depth of Field & how it’s somewhat out of focus past his beard onto his eyes
  • The photo has scratches & spots which adds to its timelessness
  • The way you can see his hands in motion, like he had to hold the glasses & pencil in order to keep the rest of him still
  • You can see his beard starting to gray, his heavy wrinkles, & his hair in disarray, but it matters not because the character of the man himself overshadows it all
  • His expression is warm & disarming, but gives a sense that he’s been put through intense turmoil
  • The photo was taken one week before his 56th birthday, which would be his last birthday before his assassination 2 months following

When I think of Abraham Lincoln, the words “unrelenting character” come to mind. I love reading stories about his trials, his journey, & his successes. He had a tremendous heart for the United States of America, its people, & its liberty. The following section lists my top ten favorite quotes from President Abraham Lincoln in no particular order.


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

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
-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

“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

“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

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
-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

“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

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
-Abraham Lincoln


2 replies
  1. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    President Lincoln is by far my favorite president. I love reading over his speeches and enjoying the story and history of his life. When we first moved to Maryland, I was a little upset at the fact that we had left The Land of Lincoln. However, being only 30 minutes from DC and in the same town as Dr. Mudd’s house, I am still surrounded by so many amazing historical facts about Lincoln and any president for that matter. Hope (my 8 year old daughter) is totally infatuated with History. So being in Maryland and having DC at our finger tips has been awesome. BTW Fords theater was amazing!

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