The man who I know best for supporting the banning of slavery was an interesting man. Abraham Lincoln quotes show that he was thoughtful and compassionate, and had a sense of humor. He was alive in an interesting time, and he was president during a tough time in our history, but he still kept his head about him. We can all learn a lot from looking at life through his knowledgeable eyes. Following are 17 Abraham Lincoln quotes to help you become wiser tomorrow than you were today.
1. This Is The Best Way To Destroy Your Enemies
This is such an insightful thing to say! If only everyone could think this way, what a world we would live in. There is a better way to take out your enemies in life, and that is to stop, take the time to get to know them, learn who they are and find ways to relate to them, and ultimately befriend them and make them a part of your life. When they become your friend, you will no longer have an enemy.
2. Moving Forward Is Great At Any Pace
Another one of the popular Abraham Lincoln quotes points out that things come to those who wait, but they only get the stuff that the people who hustle leave behind. So, with that thought in mind, it makes you wonder how fast he really chose to walk in life.
Regardless, this quote is perfect for anyone who wants to experience continued growth and more success. If you stand still, you won’t get anywhere. If you walk backwards, you will make the same mistakes and have the same failures you had before. But, if you walk forward, no matter how slowly you do it, you will experience growth and more success.
3. Your State Of Mind Dictates Your Happiness
There is no doubt about it – your state of mind dictates how happy or successful you are going to be today. If you make up your mind that life sucks, people suck, and that everything is out to get you, how can you possibly be happy? But, if you make your mind up that life is pretty darn awesome and each day is a gift that you get to open, then how can you not be happy?
If you are not happy, take a look at your beliefs because they affect your thoughts, and your thoughts and state of mind are the cause behind your perception on life.
4. Everyone Deserves The Best In Life
I fully agree with this Abraham Lincoln quote! It’s really important to give what you desire yourself to every human being. There is no human that is less or more important than you. There is no one who deserves your personal punishment. There is no one who deserves to be limited from what they want in life. Everyone should be able to experience a happy and fulfilling life, just as you want for yourself.
Obviously, this quote can be applied to slavery, however, it applies to anything in life. If you deny others food, they why should you be fed? If you deny others love, then why should you be loved?
I’m not sure if Abraham Lincoln was aware of this, but there is a universal truth that what you give out comes back to you. Therefore, if you are not getting what you want in life, you may want to take a look at what you are giving out. Are you making this world a great place for everyone, or are you denying others and yourself in the process?
5. Here’s How To Like Someone
This is just like destroying your enemies, but it can be applied to anyone. Interestingly, as I was going through various Abraham Lincoln quotes, a neighbor of mine started making a ton of noise outside. Somewhere from deep inside of me the words ‘I don’t like him” rose up. I have no idea why I thought them, but then I found this quote within a few seconds afterwards and realized it was the universe trying to teach me a lesson. I don’t know him. All I know about him is that he makes a lot of noise outside. But, I’m sure if I were to get to know him better, I would see he is an interesting or caring person that has some qualities that I would actually like!
6. You Can Laugh Or Cry
Tough times are going to happen. Can you imagine how stressful life was for Abraham Lincoln? I’m sure most of us don’t have half that stress, but still his words are very true if we want to keep our mental health in check. Expressing your emotions is important, and there are some moments where crying and getting upset is appropriate, but when things start to go down the tubes, and you have a choice between laughing and crying, choosing to laugh can help you pull yourself back up and start making things better.
7. Take Ownership Of Your Life
Probably said as a joke, this is one of those Abraham Lincoln quotes that you will remember next time you are going to blame someone else for something. There are obvious things that you are accountable for, like blabbing someone’s secret to someone else, and blaming other people is ridiculous because the truth is there for everyone to see – even you if you care to see it.
In other words, you will lose trust with other people and opportunities if you can’t take ownership of what you do wrong in life. It’s glaringly obvious to them who is at fault, and if you are not willing to be accountable, then you will lose their respect.
8. Surround Yourself With People Focused On Growth
Someone who is not willing to grow wiser day by day is stuck. You don’t have to dislike them, but you don’t have to think much of what they say, believe, or try to force upon you either. They are stuck days, weeks, or even years ago, so the things they think, say, and do, are also stuck back in those days.
The thing about becoming wiser is that you change into someone more experienced and knowledgeable. Moreover, wiser people often have better judgement than people who are stuck in a narrow mindset. Therefore, listen to the people that choose to become wiser each day and take what the other people have to say with a grain of salt.
9. You Are Your Own Person
You will dictate what happens to your life. Just because you were born into a wealthy family doesn’t mean you will be able to earn a lot of money. Just because you were born to a kind and respected family doesn’t mean you will be kind and respected. It is important to be accountable for your life and which direction it goes, because, ultimately, your choices in life determine it.
10. We All Deserve Success
Abraham Lincoln was focused on overlooking color with this quote, but in our time, we should stop overlooking everything. It is amazing that we haven’t yet, which is why this is one of those Abraham Lincoln quotes that still needs to be said repeatedly. There are too many people who don’t recognize the amazing things people are doing simply because of what they look like, what sex they are, how they act, where they come from, or how they dress. Achievement is the right of every human who strives for success.
11. Need A Philosophy To Live By?
I think this should be the philosophy of everyone, despite their religion. Doing good should be a mantra that we all live by, and we can tell when we are doing good by how we feel. If you are feeling good, then you are doing good for yourself and for others. But, if you are feeling bad, then you are doing bad for yourself and others. Let’s all do what feels good because it is very important for creating a better world.
12. We All Want To Live Forever, But…
Is this quote ever true! We all want to live forever, but we want to do it with the gusto of a teenager. It is truly a shame that our most energetic years are wasted on our ignorance. But, they are. All we can do is keep ourselves as healthy as possible. The good news is that in this day and age, it is easier than ever to do. We know more about maintaining good health, and we have more medicine and machines to maintain good health than ever before, and we should be making our health a priority – as much as living a long and healthy life is.
13. You Can Have Peace In Your Life
I think that all kids should be taught this in school at a very young age and every year until they graduate. The curriculum on how to have a peaceful life needs to be understood before a kid signs up to become a star or put themselves out there on a reality show for everyone to remember.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting a peaceful life, but you have to know that if you decide to put yourself out there, as Abraham Lincoln did, you will need to accept that life is going to get crazy! When you become popular, people look up to you, look down on you, and are fascinated with you, which means you always be accountable to others. And, if you are like many people who want to focus on yourself, then you won’t want your time constantly demanded by others.
14. Don’t Let Insults Penetrate You
Insults are a dime a dozen. People are constantly knocking out hatred towards others, but the insults have no meaning behind them. Insults are only said out of jealousy, ignorance, or hate, and it is important to stay big and understand that fact. When you do, you will take the high road and you won’t even bother slinging back the nonsense they say to you. There will be much better ways to spend your time and much better words for you to say.
15. Make A Difference By Convincing The Majority
How ironic that he said this. At the age of 56, he was taken out by a bullet. But, the influence he had on his time and ours, and the influence he continues to have through all the Abraham Lincoln quotes out there, far outweigh that one bullet. Why? Because the majority believed in his message and cause, and that is what has stood the test of time.
In other words, if you want to convince other people of something you believe in, don’t do it with violence. Killing someone or hurting someone does not send any kind of message that pulls weight. Only getting the majority to stand behind your beliefs will make a change that you want to see.
16. How Can You Be Taken Seriously?
If you really want to get people to listen to you and make a difference, then you need to express yourself clearly. Don’t give out vague or unclear details. If you are going to make an argument one way or the other, then have solid and convincing points to back up your arguments. If you do, then people will listen. If you don’t, then people will challenge or question you.
This means educating yourself – or as Abraham Lincoln seemed to be found of, growing wiser every day through knowledge and through experience. The more you learn, the more you will be able to convince others of something that you believe in or something that you believe will benefit them.
17. If You Want Something To Happen Commit To It
You may not promise something as radical as Abraham Lincoln did, but even the smallest promise to yourself or to others requires commitment. It is what will bring your promise to life and helps convince yourself and others that you are someone who stands behind your word. This applies to your goals, your relationships, your business, or anywhere else that you need to make some promises. Make promises and commitment dependent upon each other.