10 Abe Lincoln Quotes to Live By

If you attended elementary school in the United States, at some point, you probably had to recite the 10 sentences of Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address, and at the very least, you’ve retained memory of the first few words: “Four Score and Seven Years Ago…”  And if you’ve spent any time in the U.S (or on this website) you probably also know the words “By the People, for the People” from the last line of Address. Obviously, we’re big fans of Lincoln’s eloquent words of the Gettysburg Address (*cough* GETTEES *cough*).

But throughout his 56 years on this planet, our buddy Abe said a lot of other really great things that you may not be as familiar with. So in celebration of his birthday (he’d be 209 years old today), we put together a list of our 10 favorite Abraham Lincoln quotes to inspire you.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
"Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did.”
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”
"Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today."
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
“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.”
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” 
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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