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Never Quits

Abraham Lincoln never quits.

Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the United States history.

Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:

  1. 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
  2. 1818 His mother died.
  3. 1831 Failed in business.
  4. 1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.
  5. 1832 Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
  6. 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
  7. 1834 Ran for state legislature again – won.
  8. 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
  9. 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
  10. 1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
  11. 1840 Sought to become elector – defeated.
  12. 1843 Ran for Congress – lost.
  13. 1846 Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
  14. 1848 Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
  15. 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
  16. 1854 Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
  17. 1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – get less than 100 votes.
  18. 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
  19. 1860 Elected president of the United States.

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  • Aryan September 21, 2017, 1:08 am

    A great man full of virtues, ambition and determination. He has left a footprint on the sands of time for us to follow and has also proved that failures are the stepping stones to success

  • Srinivas June 8, 2016, 1:45 am

    We will born without name that’s not our fault.if we will die without name that must be our fault.

  • Rana Mukherjee April 11, 2016, 5:58 am

    We should also take a lesson from him.

  • Saibal Sinha July 21, 2015, 2:23 am

    So inspiring.

  • PRAKASH MALI July 24, 2014, 6:06 am

    In one word we can say that he was extremely “optimistic”. He tried to see the brightest side of things in his life always.

  • Suchita Suhag July 10, 2014, 8:27 am

    Its realy a motivating life story of grt president who aftr continuous failures in life doesn’t lose his determination n set before d whole world a role model . Hats off to him

  • Rajen June 29, 2014, 11:04 am

    It’s a true inspiration for all ever time

  • Infinite January 1, 2014, 1:54 pm

    This is a legend worth emulation.

  • Rudylyn Grace Martinez December 19, 2013, 9:59 pm

    It’s very inspiring and motivational story about Abraham Lincoln. He really pursued his dreams in achieving his goals in life. He had a sheer determination which brought him unto the toppest level of success. I admire him very much. Keep on dreaming! Someday when the time has come we can also fulfill our goals in life.

  • Ramanathan November 25, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Truly inspirational – An man to follow his footsteps in everyone’s life.

  • Shabaz Banu September 17, 2013, 3:31 am

    Whatever the situation may be… never ever quit!!! Hope for the best and leave the rest to the Lord!!! Thy shall always be on our side.

  • Meryang September 7, 2013, 5:52 am

    President Lincoln is such a good and intelligent leader … he inspire us with his thoughts.

  • Ashish August 4, 2013, 2:26 pm

    He is a man with strong will power. He thinks he was born to win. All his failure was just part of his life for success.

  • Bhanu Reddy July 10, 2013, 1:49 am

    He is the greatest inspiration ever….

  • Kavya June 22, 2013, 9:09 pm

    Work hard to succeed.

  • Profdan March 12, 2013, 1:10 am

    This is so inspiring, in fact have learnt a lesson that quitters never win.

  • Charm ♥ December 26, 2012, 9:07 pm

    It is easy to say NEVER QUIT but it’s hard to do.

  • Kevin December 19, 2012, 4:46 pm

    He’s my boy.

  • Ashraful Islam November 25, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Just awesome..we all must show such spirit.

  • Santosh November 24, 2012, 6:30 am

    Why do u worry? Please leave the result to god, he will take care of us. Nothing is in our hands.

    Do you like worrying? Do you like to be always happy? Then stop worrying which you don’t like. THere is a proverb that says “even the word impossible says I’m possible.” If it is so, it has to be.

  • Irfan October 23, 2012, 12:53 pm

    The reason he lost so many elections was because he was adamant at banning slavery, however white americans (the only people who could vote in America at that time, blacks were not allowed) were against this ideology.

    But finally after a civil war which threatened the very existence of America, Lincoln was able to get rid of slavery once and for all.

    Moral of the story– if you don’t let the world change your principles, you can change the world.

  • Gen Mariano August 7, 2012, 1:56 am

    He must be over qualified for the positions that he intent to have that’s why he lost…and presidency was really for him. What’ important was he never stopped. I admire his determination.

  • HP Shelton June 20, 2012, 4:05 am

    Ofcourse he faced many defeats and ultimately got the worlds number one position…but many stories are not coming to limelight, they tried more than Lincoln and died without getting anything…

  • Juliemarg June 14, 2012, 1:09 pm

    Yes…never quits. Because if you quit you will never win… thanks for sharing…

  • Creamipearll June 11, 2012, 5:04 am

    Thanks for this story because you just saved a life through your story. Am motivated, inspired, moved, torched and determined. Thanks again.

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