Abraham Lincoln


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Abraham Lincoln

  1. 1. Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865) You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one. If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. 'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
  2. 2. If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like. He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met. It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.