Elect Abraham Lincoln to the Illinois House of Representatives
- All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
- As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
- Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
- Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
- You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
- Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
- These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.
- Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
- We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
- When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
- When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
- 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.
- 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 do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
- Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
- The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
- The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
- The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
- What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
- With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
- 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.