21 Lessons on Life from Abraham Lincoln

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

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.

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.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

21 Lessons on Life from Abraham Lincoln

Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.

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

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

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.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.

No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.

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