7 of Abraham Lincoln's Most Memorable Quotes

Wisdom from the 16th President of the USA

Feb 11, 2013

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Today marks the birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Remembered as one of the most influential US Presidents to date, Lincoln successfully ended the American Civil War and through his efforts, eventually abolished slavery.

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Referred to as Honest Abe, below are some choice inspirational quotes that reflect his gifted oratory skills, wisdom and integrity.

1. ON TRUTH
"Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."

2. ON READING  
"A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems."

3. ON FRIENDSHIP
"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."

4. ON GOVERNMENT
"The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves - in their separate, and individual capacities."  

5. ON EDUCATION
"Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in."

6. ON LIBERTY
"Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere."

7. ON RACE
"Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man, this race and that race and the other race being inferior and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal."

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