Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday


Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Lincoln has been one of my role model leaders since I was in grade school. I have read several books about him over the years starting with Carl Sandberg through one that I am currently reading – The Hour of Peril.

I was greatly disappointed when Congress decided years ago to combine Lincoln and Washington’s birthday into one holiday – President’s Day. I understand the rationale, but I feel that it diminishes the accomplishments of both of these great leaders.

I thought today that I would share with you my favorite quotes from Abraham Lincoln. These are not in priority order.

  1. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
  2. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
  3. America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
  4. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
  5. In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
  6. I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended on to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
  7. Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
  8. The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
  9. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
  10. Better to remain silent and thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt.

Do you have a favorite?

About caseywheeler

My interests include: Model trains, Reading, Genealogy, New York Yankees and helping organizations be successful.
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2 Responses to Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

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