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The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Abraham Lincoln , Bob Blaisdell
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Book Description

The most eloquent of American presidents, Lincoln seemed to have a comment—sagacious or humorous—on just about anything that mattered. This concise compendium offers his astute observations on a variety of subjects—from women to warfare. Nearly 400 quotations include such thought-provoking and memorable remarks as:
Bad promises are better broken than kept.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell; it is simply purgatory.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
Quotations are arranged chronologically within such topics as family and friends, the law, politics and the presidency, story-telling, religion, and morality. Students, writers, public speakers, and other readers will find this thought-provoking and entertaining volume an excellent introduction to the sixteenth president’s wit, common sense, and insight.


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From the Inside Flap

"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves." Rather than the dour soul he sometimes appeared to be, Abraham Lincoln enjoyed a fine, often barbed sense of humor as this lively collection of his salty stories, anecdotes, quotes and speech excerpts proves. Also included in this treasury are his famous addresses, a Lincoln time-line, and sections on Lincoln Lore, Gettysburg Gems and Assassination Secrets.

About the Author

Alex Ayres, former editor at Running Times and Harvard Lampoon, has edited six previous Wit and Wisdom titles. He is also the author of the screenplays for "Marlowe" and "Search for Grace."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1008 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A73FENS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln said: February 5, 2004
Format:Hardcover
Abraham Lincoln showed a talent for sensing the future in the course of economic policy way back in 1863. Lincoln said then: "The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy."
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed," Lincoln said.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories June 1, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Humes book has a lot to offer Lincoln fans: a great many stories and anecdotes that shed a light on the many-facted, unique, and charming personality of our sixteenth president. I sometimes feel that these little story books do a better job of capturing someone's spirit than some of the big, thick biographies. And, at this price (same as a paperback), you can't go wrong.

Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful November 20, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Lincoln is one of our most loved Presidents and with good reason. He is almost always recognised for his morality and honesty. Too often his intellect is overlooked. Reading this work will definitly provide the reader with a good idea of just how bright he was.
I read this work straight through but it would also be a great "subway read". Each of the stories are short too the point and usually very funny.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quotes; from Abraham Lincoln September 4, 2001
Format:Hardcover
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...” if your memory just went into overdrive, bombarded by visions of a tall, lanky gentlemen with distinct, chiseled features that border on freakish and a familiarity about him, when in profile... associated with integrity, cherry trees and the Civil War, then you might be intrigued by this little book from Peter Pauper Press. ....
Abraham Lincoln: Wisdom & Wit, a petite volume of 61 pages from Peter Pauper Press, is filled with intriguing & exemplary morsels spoken by Lincoln during his lifetime... it is a book of, indeed, Wisdom & Wit, with quotable insights & prudent statements left behind from a great philosopher’s lifetime. ....
This miniature publication, a lean and compact, emerald-green book, with rectangular [as Lincoln’s features] illustration of Lincoln’s silhouette on the cover jacket, is chock-full of philosophical and enlightening insights from “Honest Abe”, who was recognized to be one of our history’s great thinkers. Created in the image of an exclusive gift book, the first page provides its purchaser with a “For” [insert gift recipient here] encircled by a decorative double border.
Abraham Lincoln: Wisdom & Wit [ISBN: 0-88088-359-6] edited by Louise Bachelder and illustrated by Jeff Hill, is Copyright (C) 1965 by Peter Pauper Press... If you know someone who admires Lincoln, a history buff or quote enthusiast, you might consider this addition to their book collection. It’s a quick and interesting read that offers substantial perspectives from one of our country’s great minds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb January 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Should be read by every thinking person; not once but anytime one wants a quiet moment or a moral boost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abe Lincoln is a Flippin' Boss. 'Nuff said April 16, 2013
By lnbpp5
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What can you say about this? Everything I wanted and more. He's a man of awesome, sheer greatness and tact. Buy this book. Because I know for sure that Abe would have (he read alot of books, ya see)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Pocket Lincoln' June 27, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a US History teacher, this small and inexpensive book brings personality and life to one of our most beloved Presidents. An excellent value and one that is more likely to be read and enjoyed than larger, more in depth works. Middle School kids get a kick out of the quotes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Nugget February 2, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Abraham Lincoln - Wisdom and Wit is a great little book from the Peter Pauper Press Pocket Gift Edition, "Wisdom and Wit" series. The book contains Lincoln quotes under the categories of, 'Lincoln, The Man','Lincoln, The Philosopher', 'Lincoln, The Wit', and 'Excerpts from Lincoln's Speeches'. Here's a great quote from 'Lincoln, The Wit': [Lincoln had been called a two-faced man by Douglas] "I leave it to my audience, -- if I had another face to wear, do you think I would wear this one?"
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