Abraham Lincoln was born on this day near Hodgenville, Harden Co., Kentucky in 1809. Today is the 204th anniversary of his birth.
I’m going to assume that you are all familiar with the 16th President of United States — the man who grew up in a log cabin, was a simple country lawyer and went on to become president during this country’s darkest days. [For more information on his life might I suggest the White House.gov biography, Lincoln’s write-up on Biography.com , or the article on History.com ] Frankly, there is little I can bring to the table that you don’t already know or couldn’t read about on more lofty websites… so instead I thought I’d bring you my favorite Lincoln quotes.
- Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
- Sir, 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.
- You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
- Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
- Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Whatever you are, be a good one.
- Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.
- No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
- It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
- If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
- I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
- The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
Lastly if you haven’t had a chance to see the Steven Spielberg film LINCOLN with Daniel Day-Lewis as the President, I recommend it. Why not Celebrate Lincoln’s birthday watching this tribute to the man’s indomitable spirit?
UPDATE: Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar last night for his amazing portrayal of Lincoln. Well deserved!