Abraham Lincoln – Preparation Quote

“Give me 6 hours to chop a tree, I will spend the first 4 sharpening my axe.”

Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the Unites States of America. Born in 1809, Lincoln led the American nation through the American civil war and managed to preserve the union and abolish slavery. Lincoln was fatally wounded on 11th April 1865 in Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC by John Wilkes Booth.

Turtles Thoughts

Preparation is key to any task that you may take on and you must make sure the tools you have are correctly suited for the task at hand. Failure to prepare will often lead to failure of the task or in the best case, an unnecessary hardship in achieving it – even then you may have completed it to an unsatisfactory level!

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9 thoughts on “Abraham Lincoln – Preparation Quote

  1. We were clearing a house’s front yard to expand the church parking lot. The house became extra classrooms. I local contractor was trying to cut down a cedar tree, and he was not getting anywhere. I asked if I could use the axe that I teach boy scouts how to sharpen hours upon hours of sharpening. The first swing sent three limbs flying in one blow. Cedar limbs grow thickly. Then the trunk two swings. Then the professional bowed and said that I was the master of the great Ginzu axe. The church gossip spread the story. But all it was was that the axe was sharp and I knew where to swing the axe.

      1. There are rare exceptions, though. I’ve put together lessons by just improvising at the spur of a moment that turn out better than some which took careful planning. Maybe I spent too much time sharpening the axe.

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