Folks, he was a brilliant writer, our only poet president. He crafted and delivered the greatest speech in the history of our country. He was simply a great, great man.

If you want to be a better communicator-in writing or speaking-marinate yourself in Lincoln.

Read on, and Happy Fourth!

"Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be."

"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"

"My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read."

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

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

"I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down."

"Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all."

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."

"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg."

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

"Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it."

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."

"There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes."

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better."

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"

"Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves."

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

"You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was."