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Abraham Lincoln, 204 Years Later

Our 16th President was born on this day in 1809.

 

Though no longer celebrated as a day off from school and work, today marks the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.

Lincoln was born 204 years ago on a farm in Kentucky, where he had to struggle to learn, and to make a living, before becoming President in 1861.

While he delivered one of the best-known presidential speeches, the Gettysburg Address, only two hours away from our area, Lincoln also a has vast number of quotes attributed to him.

In honor of Lincoln’s birthday, here are a few:

 “And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.”

“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.”

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.”

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.”

“The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them”

To read more Lincoln quotes, click here.

To see photos of Lincoln, visit the Huffington Post gallery here.

What is your favorite Abraham Lincoln Quote?

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