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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.

  • Vijhu June 5, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Never ever quits

  • Girish L June 4, 2012, 5:24 am

    We need to follow him.

  • Mahesh April 25, 2012, 2:20 am

    Good thing for motivation ……………………..

    “Do not follow others, what they do , follow your self what you want to do”

  • Aditi Aggarwal April 13, 2012, 6:42 am

    Such an important lesson and gave us the way to move forever and to never quit… cute… :}

  • Nanda Kinra April 11, 2012, 1:35 am

    God sent Lincoln on mother earth in the garb of man, actually he was god himself, he had no schooling yet his speaches reflect he was the best teacher he was the best lawyer and he was the best president if I think of one man the greatest on earth I Can safely name Lincoln after God. He converted each adversity into an opportunity and stood tall before than all, he lived and died so that the nation may live he took an oath to preserve the nation and he kept united states united, he is no longer American he belongs to all of us I cannot believe that such a man in flesh and blood lived on mother earth god bless Lincoln.

  • Neeraj March 26, 2012, 3:16 am

    Yes yes sometimes we are failure in life or love or work. It is really hard to accept, I also failed in life and love and I think of negative things. But today I opened Google and found this inspirational story. Thanks to Sir Lincoln. This is changing me.

  • Jitendra March 19, 2012, 9:56 am

    The tale tells us that keep in mind that “THE GAME IS NOT OVER AS I’VE NOT WON YET…”

  • Pramanjan December 22, 2011, 11:35 am

    A winner never quit, and aquiter never win.

  • Yatendra December 5, 2011, 5:26 am

    Yes Abraham Lincoln was the real hero.

  • Sandeep October 15, 2011, 5:47 am

    We should not fear for anything in d life also by facing no . of defeats try until u r death then u will succeed in u r life compulsory like as d great abraham lincoln

  • Jhoi October 12, 2011, 11:01 pm

    I admire him so much, so proud of him of being so strong in his different circumstances in life.

  • Kamalakar Kavalekar September 24, 2011, 3:02 pm

    Every individual has something special hidden talent……… try to use it …….try to learn from the mistakes and don’t ever think of quitting.

  • Milad September 12, 2011, 9:31 am

    Failing is meaningless… we just simply quit…

  • Sandeep August 26, 2011, 11:31 am

    Most unsuccessful men become succesfull so never quit..

  • Hiren Dhuda August 3, 2011, 2:51 am

    Yes, never quit….. Mr. Abraham sir is the roll model of all the youth. So… never say never….

  • Asit July 19, 2011, 4:17 am

    Encouraging and motivating…

  • Deepu July 15, 2011, 1:41 pm

    I was totally demotivated after failing in my jobs, after reading about sir Lincoln’s stories, I can feel myself mounted with positive vibration and self motivation. I salute him for his hardship and the way he tried for his success… no one can replace you sir….. Thank you guys for posting this inspirational stories… God bless u!!!

  • Girlygirl July 12, 2011, 8:41 am

    “Hard work is the key to success.”

  • Ronit Baras June 28, 2011, 9:07 am

    I had no idea that Lincoln had such a hard life. I have been working as a motivational speaker for years, and will include his story in many talks.

    Thanks guys!

  • Kamal June 23, 2011, 4:16 pm

    Thank You so much for doing world’s best social work like motivating people by your way……… I have no words for everyone………because Mr. Lincoln’s story tells me that “Don’t Speak Just Complete It “……Thank You once again.

  • Sun May 28, 2011, 1:20 am

    Try, try. Never stop to try.

  • Amit Byas April 24, 2011, 11:50 am

    Quit the habbit of quiting

  • Prd December 14, 2010, 8:08 am

    We should never quit in life, even we are facing many hardships.

  • Nammy November 14, 2010, 1:44 am

    Prayerful patience and self belief is essential at the time of hardships and trials.sir Abraham Lincoln is such a great person who proved this through his life.

  • Shivangi August 16, 2010, 11:59 am

    Yes it’s very much true that we should never quit however may difficlut the task be.

  • Ninad July 5, 2010, 4:31 am

    He was the man full of LIFE. Taking everything in his stride, come good-come evil. Living for what he wanted to be.
    Success is his who strives for it.

  • Zogu i trembur March 21, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Wow! Very inspiring! I was ashamed when I tried hard to find a job but I was rejected because so. else was better or luckier than me. I have never drimed to become a president but know I’ll hope to become the one I deserve.

  • Swaminathan March 15, 2010, 12:26 pm

    If we have to succeed in our goals and ambitions, we must never give up till our last breathe, that is what to be learnt from this Great man. Sir Abraham Lincoln

  • Swaminathan March 15, 2010, 12:16 pm

    Self belief is the most important aspect of human life

  • Rishabh Verma February 25, 2010, 4:50 am

    This teaches us to do the best evry time …..and face the extremes with smile …positive attitude and consistence hard work can do wonders.

  • Zohra January 4, 2010, 12:54 pm

    Even if we don’t have any options like Lincoln we must try to give 100% to our present job inspite of giving up… All the best.

  • Carlos D. October 19, 2009, 10:22 pm

    Abraham Lincoln was a man of perseverance never quiting destipe the many losses he had. this teaches us a lesson that no matter the challenges we are to face, somthing good is behind the test. ‘We try, we Fail, We try, we Fail, We try, we Fail, but the day that we stop trying is the day that we will fail. through GOD all things are possible.

  • Vikas October 7, 2009, 12:53 pm

    What a great man he was! The only secret behind his success is ‘determination’, ‘confidence in himself’ and dedication.. There are actually very few men in life like him who inspite of failing countless times in life never quits till the end…. Hats off to him……

  • Shanky March 14, 2009, 11:50 pm

    Yes we never have to quit with anything. We have to try n try until we succeed.

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