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32 Inspirational Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Abraham Lincoln Inspirational Quotes

Abraham Lincoln is remembered as one of the greatest American presidents of all time.

Abe Lincoln fought for equality within the US and was eventually assassinated on April 15th 1865.

Abraham Lincoln’s words will echo through eternity as he was looked up to as someone who always strived to be honest as often as possible with the people.

A number of Abraham Lincoln’s quotes are hung in locker rooms and classroom halls around the world as an inspiration and reminder for all who want to strive to live a purpose filled life.

Here are our favorite 32 Inspirational Abraham Lincoln Quotes for you to remember.

 

Inspirational Abraham Lincoln Quotes

1. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

2. “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

4. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

5. “And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

6. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln

7. “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.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

9. “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

10. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

11. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

12. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

13. “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” – Abraham Lincoln

14. “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” – Abraham Lincoln

15. “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” – Abraham Lincoln

16. “Every person’s happiness is their own responsibility.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

Abraham Lincoln Hustle Picture Quote
 

17. “The best way to predict your future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln

18. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

19. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln

20. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Abraham Lincoln

21. “You can tell the greatness of someone by what makes them angry” – Abraham Lincoln

22. “All I have learned, I learned from books.” – Abraham Lincoln

23. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

24. “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln

25. “The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

27. “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Abraham Lincoln

28. “I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise.” – Abraham Lincoln

29. “I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” – Abraham Lincoln

30. “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln

31. “You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.” – Abraham Lincoln

32. “Life is hard but so very beautiful” – Abraham Lincoln

 

What are your favorite Abraham Lincoln Quotes? Leave them in the comment section below.

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18 Comments

  1. J.Gretzitz

    Oct 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

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

  2. Jit Mukherjee

    Sep 4, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Right here is the perfect web site for everyone who
    wishes to understand this topic. Thanks For Sharing….

  3. Ardee

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    My fave quote from him is: In the end its not the years in your life, its the life in your years.
    Its such a good one.

  4. Dr shyamala shah

    Jan 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    You can tell a man’s character by what makes him angry

  5. Hilonga Samson

    Dec 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

  6. anupam shrivastava

    Oct 16, 2015 at 12:55 am

    best forever

  7. SHOAN

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Great Inspirational Quotes.

    the one that really influence me to keep moving forward is:
    “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

    To your success!

  8. Sharon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    “The best way to predict your future is to create it”

  9. Ruchi

    Apr 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses”

  10. dennis

    Mar 24, 2015 at 3:00 am

    “The best way to predict your future is to create it”

  11. madiha gohar

    Jan 14, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I feel good When I do good, I feel bad When I do bad.

  12. Parul

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Every person’s happiness is their own responsibility.

  13. Felix

    Jan 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    “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.” – Abraham Lincoln

  14. Duncan Thorburn

    Dec 5, 2014 at 1:23 am

    “Equality does not exclude exceptional people, as all are equally exceptional.” “Laws are not there to enslave, but to set us free.” “A mirror has more virtue than a man in the pursuit of power, for a mirror cannot lie.” “Wisdom has little value to engage a lover, a myopic lady is my only hope.”

  15. Omitola Rasheed

    Dec 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    So nice. Infant am happy immediately I go throug it finish. Every quote make sense

  16. Porschia Parker

    Dec 1, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    ALL of those are profound! I think my favorite is, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

  17. Ana Calderon

    Dec 1, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
    –August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

  18. Jamar Davis

    Dec 1, 2014 at 2:53 am

    2. “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln

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