What Would Abe Lincoln Do? 10 Quotes to Help You Decide [From the Archives]

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January 29th, 2016


Abraham LincolnI am reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. This study of Abraham Lincoln’s life and career provides a fascinating lesson in leadership and character. This morning the thought crossed my mind: what would Lincoln do in various business and life situations? Here are 10 quotes from the great President to help you decide:

  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
  • Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
  • Whatever you are, be a good one.
  • Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
  • And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
  • When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
  • We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
  • Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
  • Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Originally Posted on May 22, 2014 by John Scranton

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