Favorite Lincoln Quotes
Abraham Lincoln: Abolishing slavery by constitutional provisions settles the fate for all coming time. Not only of the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come. Two votes stand in its way. These votes must be procured.
William Seward: We need two yeses. Three abstentions. Four yeses and one more abstention and the amendment will pass.
Abraham Lincoln: You've got a night and a day and a night; several perfectly good hours! Now get the hell out of here and get them!
James Ashley: Yes. But how?
Abraham Lincoln: Buzzard's guts, man! I am the President of the United States of America! Clothed in immense power! You will procure me these votes.
[greeting a pair of visitors from Jefferson City] I heard tell once of a Jefferson City lawyer who had a parrot that would wake him each morning crying out 'today's the day the world shall end as scripture has foretold'. And one day, the lawyer shot him for the sake of peace and quiet I presume, thus fulfilling, for the bird at least, his prophecy.Abraham Lincoln
[on General Grant] My trust in him is marrow deep.Abraham Lincoln
Retain, even in opposition, your capacity for astonishment.Thaddeus Stevens
Trust? Gentlemen, you seem to have forgotten that our chosen career is politics.Thaddeus Stevens
[to Ulysses S. Grant] Each of us has made it possible for the other to do terrible things.Abraham Lincoln
Euclid's first common notion is thisAbraham Lincoln
Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?Abraham Lincoln
I wish He had chosen an instrument more wieldy than the House of Representatives.Abraham Lincoln
The most liberating constitutional amendment in history, passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in America.Thaddeus Stevens
Votes for women?George Yeaman
[Lincoln quoting Falstaff from Shakespeare's "King Henry the Fourth"] We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow.Abraham Lincoln