With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.

Inaugural address, March 4, 1865

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It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

This quote has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and Samuel Johnson, among others.

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

As quoted in How to Get What You Want (1917) by Orison Marden
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We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, allover this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he makes so many of them.

attributed; James Morgan Our Presidents (1928)

I don’t know who my grandfather was. I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

As quoted in The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln (1896) by Ida Tarbell
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