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.
- Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
- You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
- America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
- In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
- 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.
- Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
- The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
- A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Better to remain silent and thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt.
Do you have a favorite?