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My 5 Favorite Quotes From Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and is still well known for his leadership during the Civil War, and more specifically, his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation which freed all slaves. 

Lincoln is also known for being a profound thinker. 

Though some of his ideologies may have seemed “before his time,” because of those thoughts he made a lasting mark on our world. 

The American people in the 1860s were drawn to Lincoln’s thoughts and values because they were based on his life on the frontier as a “good ole boy.”

These thoughts were not strictly political, they were also about life and morality.

“His perspective was that of a man starting humbly who had worked his way up the social and economic ladder by sheer discipline, persistence, and force of will; it was a perspective he never lost,” wrote Lincoln scholar Norton Garfinkle.

Being a quote junkie, I love to study people’s words and what they could’ve possibly meant by them, and some of my favorites happen to be Lincoln’s.

I would like to share with you my top 5 favorite quotes from Abraham Lincoln and what they mean to me. 

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

This quote helps one reflect on if they are causing themselves unhappiness. Rather than focusing on negativity, acknowledging the positive allows us to feel the happiness we deserve. 

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”

This quote always reminds me of my mother and how much she has done to continually build me up to reach the potential she knows I have. Honestly, so many of my successes in life are due to my mother and her unconditional love and support. I would be completely heartbroken to ever let her down, and I continue to strive for success in everything I do for that reason along with many others!

“I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

No matter what setbacks or tragedies happen in our lifetime, it is important to always push through and keep moving forward. we tend to forget that baby steps still move us forward, so no matter how long the first steps may take, we must never turn around and go back to the state of mind we once knew; we are past that now. 

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him.”

Getting to know a person you aren’t very fond of can be a true learning experience. I don’t think Lincoln is implying that one must like everyone they meet, but rather, they must give them another chance to make a better first impression. 

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

This short statement is a very powerful message.

It states that no matter the position you hold or the role you fill, you must operate to the best of your abilities. 

Why do it at all if you aren’t going to try and be the best?

It was very hard for me to narrow down 5 of my favorite Abraham Lincoln quotes, as they are all so powerful and timeless.

Take the time to think about each of these quotes and see if they mean something different for you.

If so, please share!  I would love to hear your thoughts!

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