Our nation's 16th president will always be known for altering American history forever when he abolished slavery. He signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, toward the end of the Civil War, and helped pass the 13th Amendment which legally ended slavery in the United States.
Lincoln was known for being fair, outspoken, and a prolific writer--and as of the world's most eloquent, rousing orators. Click for Abraham Lincoln's inspiring quotes on freedom, faith, and the nation.
We Are All Equal
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
There Are No Accidents
"There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite."
Believe in the Possible
"I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has."
When I Do Good
"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion."
Thorn Bushes Have Roses
“We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses."
We May Fall in the Struggle
"The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me."
Freedom to the Slave
"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free--honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just--a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless."
"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."
Strive to Be Worthy
"Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition."
May God Guide Our Nation
"...I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side."
The Lamp of Liberty
"I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal."