Abraham Lincoln: 15 favorite quotes on his birthday

We know from Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" that he had a way with words. Lincoln surprised his audience at Gettysburg by speaking for just a few minutes, but he packed a lot of meaning into his short turns of phrase. Here are some great quotes from the 16th President of the United States, 203 years after his February 12th birthday.

1.By the people

“With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.”

The high ground

“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.”

A humble vehicle

“I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.”

Solid foundations

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

Reconciliation

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.”

War and peace

“Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.” 

Right motives

“Determine that the right thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”

Criticism

"If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end."

Progress is progress

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.”

Resilience

“I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise.”

Silence is golden

“It is better to stay silent and let people think you are an idiot than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

A litmus test

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Law within reason

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”

Personal potential

“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”

The church of conscience

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”