Lincoln Slavery Quotes
16th president of the United States (1861–65), who
preserved the Union during the American Civil War and brought
about the emancipation of the slaves.
History credits Abe Lincoln with preserving the Union during
the American Civil War and bringing about the emancipation
of America's slaves.There can be no doubt of Lincoln 's
deep and sincere devotion to the cause of personal freedom.
Below is a sampling of my favorite Abe Lincoln salvery quotes.
"I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong,
nothing is wrong."
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve
it not for themselves”
From the April 6, 1859, letter to Henry Pierce
“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery,
I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
"Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what
we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in
that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we
understand it. "
"Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. "
"We have, as all will agree, a free Government, where
every man has a right to be equal with every other man.
In this great struggle, this form of Government and every
form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed."
From the August 22, 1864, speech to the One
Hundred Sixty-Fourth Ohio Regiment
"Both read the same Bible, and pray to the
same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It
may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just
God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat
of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not
judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that
of neither has been answered fully."
From the March 4, 1865, Inaugural Address
slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious
and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they
dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely
your masters, as you are the master of your own negroes."
From the August 24, 1855, letter to Joshua
believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half
slave and half free."
From the June 16, 1858, “House Divided”
is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave,
must consent to have no slave."
From the April 6, 1859, letter to Henry
am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing
is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think,
and feel. And yet I have never understood that the Presidency
conferred upon me an unrestricted right to act officially
upon this judgment and feeling."
From the April 4, 1864, letter to Albert
A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this
government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect
the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be
divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.
Men are Created Equal
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth
on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and
dedicated to the proposition that all men are created
I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor
of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality
of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever
have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes,
nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry
with white people; and I will say in addition to this
that there is a physical difference between the white
and black races which I believe will forever forbid the
two races living together on terms of social and political
equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they
do remain together there must be the position of superior
and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor
of having the superior position assigned to the white
race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that
because the white man is to have the superior position
the negro should be denied everything.
Freedom to the Slave
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the
free - honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.
We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope
of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail.
The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just - a way which,
if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must
Object in this Struggle
My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union,
and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I
could save the Union without freeing any slave I would
do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves
I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some
and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I
do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I
believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear,
I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save
the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what
I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever
I shall believe doing more will help the cause.
Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong
impulse to see it tried on him personally.