Quotes by Abraham Lincoln

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


No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.


No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.


Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.


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.


When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one.


Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.


You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.


'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.


You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.