Quotation by Abraham Lincoln

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. Speech, May 29, 1856, Bloomington, Illinois. The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Arthur Brooks Lapsley (1905).

This speech to the first Republican State Convention of Illinois was reconstructed 40 years after; more reliable sources exist for a variant—but later—form of this famous line: "To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary." (speech, May 18, 1858, published in Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, ed. Roy P. Basler, 1953).
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