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  • Edwin Stanton: You're going to tell one of your stories! I can't stand to hear another one of your stories!


  • Mary Todd Lincoln: (To Thaddeus Stevens) You have always taken such a lively, even prosecutorial, interest in my household accounts
    Mary Todd Lincoln: You have always taken such a lively, even prosecutorial, interest in my household accounts.
    Thaddeus Stevens: Well, that's because you're household accounts have always been so interesting.


  • Abraham Lincoln: The fate of human decency is in our hands!


  • Thaddeus Stevens: Trust? Gentlemen, you seem to have forgotten that our chosen career is politics.


  • Thaddeus Stevens: Trust? Gentlemen, you seem to have forgotten that our chosen career is politics.


  • Abraham Lincoln: Euclid's first common notion is this: "Things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other."


  • Abraham Lincoln: You're an engineer. You must know Euclid's axioms and common notions. I never had much of schooling but I read Euclid, in an old book I borrowed. Little ever found in its way in here, but once learnt it stayed learnt.
    Abraham Lincoln: You're an engineer. You must know Euclid's axioms and common notions. I never had much of schooling but I read Euclid in an old book I borrowed. Little ever found in its way in here, but once learnt it stayed learnt.


  • Edwin Stanton: A compass, I learnt when I was surveying, it'll... it'll point you True North from where you're standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms that you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp... What's the use of knowing True North?


  • Abraham Lincoln: Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?


  • Thaddeus Stevens: The greatest measure of the 19th century was passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in America.


  • Thaddeus Stevens: [knock on his door] It opens!


  • Abraham Lincoln: I am the President of the United States - CLOTHED in IMMENSE power! You will procure me those votes.
    Abraham Lincoln: I am the President of the United States clothed with immense power. You will procure me these votes.


  • Abraham Lincoln: If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me.


  • Mary Todd Lincoln: You think I'm ignorant of what you're up to because you haven't discussed this scheme with me as you ought to have done? When have I ever been so easily bamboozled? I believe you when you insist that amending the Constitution and abolishing slavery will end this war. And since you're sending my son into the war, woe to you if you fail to pass the amendment.


  • Abraham Lincoln: Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?


  • Thaddeus Stevens: You claim you can trust them. But you know what the people are. You know the inner compass that should direct the soul toward justice has ossified in white men and women, north and south, unto utter uselessness though tolerating the evil of slavery. White people cannot bear the thought of sharing this country's infinite abundance with Negroes.
    Abraham Lincoln: A compass, I learnt when I was surveying, it'll... it'll point you True North from where you're standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and dessert and chasm that you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp... What's the use of knowing True North?


  • Abraham Lincoln: Euclid's first common notion is this: Things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other. That's a rule of mathematical reasoning and its true because it works - has done and always will do. In his book Euclid says this is self evident. You see there it is even in that 2000 year old book of mechanical law it is the self evident truth that things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other.


  • Abraham Lincoln: Buzzards, guts, man!
    Abraham Lincoln: Buzzards' guts, man!


  • Abraham Lincoln: None of those fathers have been able to say I am commander and chief!


  • Abraham Lincoln: Slavery, sir, is done.


  • Abraham Lincoln: Well, I guess it's time for me to go, but I'd really prefer to stay.


  • Thaddeus Stevens: How can I hold that all men are created equal when here before me stands stinking the moral carcass of the gentleman from Ohio? Proof that some men are inferior. Endowed by their maker with dim wits, impermeable to reason, with cold pallid slime in their veins instead of hot red blood. You are more reptile than man George, so low and flat that the foot of man is incapable of crushing you.


  • Abraham Lincoln: I must make my decisions, Bob must make his, you yours and bear what we must, hold and carry what we must. What I carry within me - you must allow me to do it, alone, as I must - and you alone Mary, you alone may lighten this burden or render it intolerable as you choose.


  • Thaddeus Stevens: Would Mr. Wood conclude his interminable gabble? Some of us breathe oxygen and we find the mephitic fumes of his oratory a lethal challenge to our pulmonary capabilities.


  • Abraham Lincoln: [walks in]
    W.N. Bilbo: Well I'll be fucked.


  • Abraham Lincoln: No sight can make an Englishman shit quicker than the sight of George Washington.


  • William Seward: It's ither the amendment or this confederate peace, you can not have both.
    William Seward: It's either the amendment or this confederate peace, you can not have both.


  • Thaddeus Stevens: Abraham Lincoln has asked us to work with him to accomplish the death of slavery
    Thaddeus Stevens: Abraham Lincoln has asked us to work with him to accomplish the death of slavery.


  • Abraham Lincoln: Shall We Stop This Bleeding?
    Abraham Lincoln: Shall we stop this bleeding?


  • Abraham Lincoln: We Are Stepped Out Upon The World Stage Now, With The Fate Of Human Dignity In Our Hands, Blood's Been Spilled To Afford Us This Moment! Now, Now, Now!
    Abraham Lincoln: We are stepped out upon the world stage now, with the fate of human dignity in our hands. Blood's been spilled to afford us this moment! Now, now, now!


  • Mary Todd Lincoln: "No one ever been loved so much by the people, Don't waste that power!"
    Mary Todd Lincoln: No one ever been loved so much by the people, Don't waste that power!


  • Abraham Lincoln: Do we chose to be born? Or do we fit into the times where born into?


  • Abraham Lincoln: I am the President of the United States of America... clothed in immense power!


  • Abraham Lincoln: (from trailer) Shall we stop this bleeding?
    Abraham Lincoln: [from trailer] Shall we stop this bleeding?


  • Abraham Lincoln: This settles the fate for all coming time. Not only of the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come. Shall we stop this bleeding?


  • Abraham Lincoln: You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.


  • Abraham Lincoln: Forescore and seven years, our father's brought forth on this continent, a new nation, concieved in liberty and declaring that all men are created equal
    Abraham Lincoln: Four score 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 equal.


  • Abraham Lincoln: With malice toward none, and charity to all
    Abraham Lincoln: With malice toward none, with charity for all...
    Abraham Lincoln: With malice toward none, with charity for all.


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