Born this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He led the country through its Civil War and preserved the Union. He also abolished slavery, strengthened the Federal Government, and modernized the economy.
An extraordinary man and leader, he is consistently ranked among the greatest American presidents.
I’m honoring his birthday by sharing 10 favorite quotes:
Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then… find the way.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.