Inspirational Abraham Lincoln quotes have been plastered on the walls of schools, covers of journals, backs of books and Abe is viewed as one of the most popular and influential presidents of all time. Lincoln was known for his leadership during extremely tough times. Here are 5 lessons we can learn from Lincoln leadership, followed by some of his most famous quotes.
Famous Abraham Lincoln Quotes On Life
1.) The secret to success is preparation
Of course, that’s not really a secret, but still. Have we really even prepared for the success we want? Would we even be ready for it if we got it tomorrow? Lincoln believed that success happens when we are truly ready, not just when we want it. Be patient. Set yourself up for success. And, always believe that your day is on the way!
2.) Move and then move again
Lincoln believed that of course, we should be patient, but that we should also approach our goals with a sense of urgency. We cannot “stroll to our goal”. Build momentum by taking consistent and daily actions towards what you want.
3.) Impossible is possible
See other successful people as inspiration that what ever you want to achieve is possible. What ever you want to do, in some form, has already been done before. Never think it’s impossible, no matter how the odds are stacked against you.
4.) Create a great reputation
Lincoln believed that a solid reputation is like fine art, easy to ruin and hard to create. Don’t try to look good, just do good. Don’t try to look honest, just be honest. Be humble, be disciplined.
5.) Always improve
If you improve a little bit, in one area each day, imagine where you would be in 1, 3 and even 10 years. That time is going to pass anyway. So we might as well fill it with amazing progress and surprise ourselves with a beautiful future.
Lincoln’s presidency lasted from 1861 until 1865, when he was assassinated. His legacy revolves around his ability to navigate the United States through the Civil War, for the efforts of preserving America and ending slavery.
So what are the best Abraham Lincoln quotes, for you? From your perspective, what must they be about? Civil rights? Freedom? Independence? Personal Independence? Greatness? Think about which of these famous Abraham Lincoln quotes speaks to you most. It will give you insight into some of your driving forces.
Motivational Abraham Lincoln Quotes
1.) “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
2.) “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln
3.) “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Quotes about His Mother
4.) “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
5.) “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” – Abraham Lincoln
6.) “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln
7.) “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln quotes about Life and Success
8.) “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.” – Abraham Lincoln
9.) “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Quotes about Life and Freedom
10.) “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
11.) “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln quotes about Success and God
12.) “Sir, 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.” – Abraham Lincoln
13.) “I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln quotes about Life and Character
14.) “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln
15.) “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Quotes about Education and Failure
16.) “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln
17.) “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln quotes about Friends
18.) “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” – Abraham Lincoln
19.) “I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln
Quotes by Abraham Lincoln about Life
20.) “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln
21.) “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln
22.) “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln
Famous Abraham Lincoln quotes about Freedom
23.) “I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.” – Abraham Lincoln
More Famous Abraham Lincoln Quotes about life and success
24.) “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln
25.) “Everybody likes a compliment.” – Abraham Lincoln
26.) “Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.” – Abraham Lincoln
27.) “The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.” – Abraham Lincoln
28.) “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” – Abraham Lincoln
29.) “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” – Abraham Lincoln
30.) “If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” – Abraham Lincoln
Great Abraham Lincoln Quotes about Success and Family
31.) “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln
32.) “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.” – Abraham Lincoln
33.) “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.” – Abraham Lincoln
34.) “I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” – Abraham Lincoln
35.) “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” – Abraham Lincoln
36.) “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.” – Abraham Lincoln
37.) “All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.” – Abraham Lincoln
38.) “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.” – Abraham Lincoln
39.) “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” – Abraham Lincoln
40.) “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” – Abraham Lincoln
41.) “Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
42.) “Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.” – Abraham Lincoln
Best Abraham Lincoln quotes about friends and enemies
43.) “A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.” – Abraham Lincoln
44.) “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.” – Abraham Lincoln
45.) “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” – Abraham Lincoln
46.) “Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.” – Abraham Lincoln
47.) “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.” – Abraham Lincoln
48.) “Beavers build houses; but they build them in nowise differently, or better now, than they did, five thousand years ago. Ants, and honey-bees, provide food for winter; but just in the same way they did, when Solomon referred the sluggard to them as patterns of prudence. Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.” – Abraham Lincoln
49.) “I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.” – Abraham Lincoln
50.) “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” – Abraham Lincoln
51.) “In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Learning from past presidents – Doris Kearns Goodwin
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