Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln, (1809-1865) 16th US President

Famous Abraham Lincoln Quote

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all 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 the time.”

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
~ Abraham Lincoln

Ratings and Comments

tee, columbia

i think that was a stupid quote don't do it again.

Anonymous, Raleigh, NC

I think that was a stupid contribution tee, don't do it again.

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Anonymous    1/13/06

So true! Mr. Bush is fooling the right wing morons all the time. He even fooled (almost) all the people at one time. But he can never fool all of us all the time.

Robert, Sarasota

I think it was an excellent quote and very timely considering that the present administration is trying it's darnedest to fool us all.

Kathy, Pennsylvania

Republican or Democrat?..Left Wing or Right Wing?....Conservative or Liberal?..........POLITICAL POWER is the great deceiver. And ALL sides are are victims.

Anonymous, VA

Unbelievable! A quote from Lincoln and these idiot leftists turn it into a commentary on Bush! They have no decency and no shame!

martha, Miami, FL

I think it makes great sense

Mainstream Media, Alternate Reality

Unfortunately I didn't learn from this quote and now I've forfeited the conscience of my fellow citizens. They left me for the internet : ' (

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AL, DC    9/27/16
jim k, Austin

You can't fool all of the people all of the time , but you can fool a whole bunch as evidenced by Obama being elected twice.

Mike, Norwalk

The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, through its seminaries (government schools), ecclesiastical propagation (media) and otherwise have developed a slave category that qualifies as a lot of the people all the time (even if you are a proven criminal to powerful to prosecute, the fools will never forfeit the confidence of the political malefactor). That category of; "can't fool all of the people all the time" is still in tact as there seems to be an ever shining light of life, liberty and recognition of the laws of nature and of nature's God.

E Archer, NYC

This is the primary reason 'fools' are not qualified electors -- somehow we forgot about that. I have no doubt that the government actively promotes and teaches foolishness. Keeping the powerless powerless is a full time job. That way they surrender their will to whomever promises to save them.

Don Lee, Reno

Lincoln along with his abolitionists appointed SC activists and went against the Constitution in the Dred Scott case. What is the moral of this story, that he is exactly what he warned of, a deceiver. 


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