Abraham Lincoln’s 10 You Cannots

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.”
“You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.”
“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.”
“You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.”
“You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.”
“You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.”
“You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.”
“You cannot establish security on borrowed money.”
“You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.”
“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”


About Flor Miguez
I am a conservative (right-wing extremist). I am for a small government and low taxes. I love freedom. Can't stand the Obama socialist agenda! Follow me on Twitter! twitter.com/flor2009

5 Responses to Abraham Lincoln’s 10 You Cannots

  1. BMV says:

    Thank you for posting these. Now more than ever, we need to continue to embrace such principles and always learn from the great leaders of the past.

  2. B. Johnson says:

    “You cannot limit the federal government’s power with a Constitution when people are too lazy to learn the Constitution.”
    “You cannot have a republic when state lawmakers foolishly ratify things like the anti-state sovereignty 17th Amendment.”

  3. Susan says:

    Keep on keeping on these posts.
    We need to get back to our roots.

    God bless America!


  4. Sheila Simmons says:

    Way to go Mr Lincoln! I totally agree.

  5. hugh coffman says:

    These are great but Lincoln never said or wrote this list. I once used this list in a speech and attributed it to Lincoln. I was questioned about it and I had access to the Library of Congress Researh Service at the time. The researchers confirmed that the list did not originate with Lincoln. I think it’s like an historical urban myth. It’s still a great list full of truths. Our current President would do well to study it!

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