Abraham Lincoln Birthday: Quotes, Facts for Former President

February 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is being observed Wednesday, Feb. 12.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”

“Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.”

“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

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

“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser than he was yesterday.”

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”