12 |Abraham Lincoln| Quotes to Make You Want to Be a Better Person

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Abraham Lincoln, a self-taught lawyer, legislator and vocal opponent of slavery, was elected 16th president of the United States in November 1860, shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War. Lincoln proved to be a shrewd military strategist and a savvy leader: His Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for slavery’s abolition, while his Gettysburg Address stands as one of the most famous pieces of oratory in American history. In April 1865, with the Union on the brink of victory, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth; his untimely death made him a martyr to the cause of liberty, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history.

1 “I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”

2 “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

3 “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.”

4 “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

5 “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

6 “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”

7 “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”

8 “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”

9 “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

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

11 “I would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody.”

12 “Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.”

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