7 Abraham Lincoln Quotes That Have Inspired Me
Living Life with Integrity and Truth Will Set You Up for Success
by Veritas Vita 777
Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States in 1861. In 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared the slaves within the Confederacy free forever. He was born on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He helped to build up the Republican Party while he was President. He won re-election in 1864.
The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “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…. ” [Source: WhiteHouse.Gov]
Lincoln was assassinated on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor. Booth thought by assassinating Lincoln, he’d be helping the South. However, “The opposite was the result. For with Lincoln’s death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.” (WH.GOV)
Aside from George Washington, Abraham Lincoln is my second favorite President. The following 7 quotes from Lincoln have inspired me through the years. Hopefully, they can inspire you as well.
1. On God’s Side
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” – Abraham Lincoln
There are definitely a lot of ‘sides’ in the world today. I don’t want to be on any side. I just want to be on God’s side. I can’t solve all the world’s problems. The world is so divisive. All I can do is to continue praying, keep serving God, and share His love to those around me—taking one day at a time – as a work in progress.
2. Personal Responsibility
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
I grew up being taught by my parents that taking personal responsibility for my actions was an important part of growing up into a mature adult. As I look around this world today, I see that personal responsibility is not high on everyone’s list of values. But it’s definitely something that more people need to strive for. It’s something I’m striving for daily.
3. Embracing Truth
“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln
That’s sage wisdom! I’ve told my share of lies in the past. It definitely becomes burdensome trying to keep up with the lies that you tell others – and even the lies that you tell yourself. I’ve been turning over a new leaf this last year in my life. I’ve committed to embracing the truth no matter where it leads me. I’m still a work in progress in this area, but it’s been refreshing speaking the truth and not hiding behind any more lies—especially in my relationships with those closest to me.
4. Positive Mindset
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
I truly agree with his statement. It’s all about perspective. If you choose to be negative, you’ll get undesirable results. If you choose to live in positivity, your results will be more positive. Now, I’m not talking about using positive thinking to manifest results. Rather, I believe in choosing joy even in difficult circumstances. As a person of faith, I find my joy in the Lord. That helps me to live a life of gratitude no matter what I’m going through.
5. Developing Character
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
I’ve learned through the years that character is such an important treasure. You should value your integrity. Building a great reputation is good. However, good character is so much more important. Spending time developing your character is never a wasted investment.
6. Resolute Spirit
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln
You play a pivotal role in whether you succeed or fail in life. Sure, there are other factors that come into play. However, you have a vital part in the process. You need to remember why you’re seeking that promotion or what is your driving force for accomplishing certain goals. You’ll need to remember that reason when obstacles come your way—and stand strong with a resolute spirit.
7. Stand Firm
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln
Life is definitely interesting these days. There’s always something new happening – positive or negative – and the news cycle is moving at such a fast pace. If you don’t decide what you believe in, you can easily get off track and believe anything – even if it’s not true. Learn how to become an outside-the-box thinker. Do your own homework. Always seek out the truth. Then stand firm and hold your ground – always in a peaceful and respectful manner.
Are there any quotes from Abraham Lincoln or other Presidents that have inspired you?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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