Abraham Lincoln: History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. History remembers the battle, but forgets the blood. Whatever history remembers of me, if it remembers me at all, it shall only remember a fraction of the truth. For whatever else I am - a husband, a lawyer, a president - I shall always think of myself first and foremost as a hunter.
Henry Sturgess: A guy only gets that drunk when he wants to kiss a girl or kill a man. So which is it?
Johnny Cash - Himself: And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder. I looked, and behold, it was Death, saying, "Come and see." And I saw... and Hell followed me.
Henry Sturgess: I'd like you to chop this tree down, in a single swing.
Abraham Lincoln: That tree? It's got to be more than a foot across. That's impossible.
Henry Sturgess: But it isn't a tree. It's what you hate most in the world. So tell me, Mr. Lincoln: what do you hate?
Abraham Lincoln: I hate Jack Barts.
Henry Sturgess: [motions to the tree] Then strike him down.
[Abe swings, chopping into the tree, but fails to cut it down]
Henry Sturgess: Well, clearly you don't hate him that much. What do you *really* hate?
Abraham Lincoln: [swings, but again the tree stays upright] I hate that my mother was taken away.
Henry Sturgess: Inadequate.
Abraham Lincoln: [swings] I hate that we were afraid.
Henry Sturgess: And?
Abraham Lincoln: [swings] That my mother, father, everyone that we knew, lived in fear!
Henry Sturgess: Pathetic.
Abraham Lincoln: [swings] I hate that I was too small!
Henry Sturgess: Weak.
Abraham Lincoln: Yes!
Henry Sturgess: And that you failed.
Abraham Lincoln: Yes!
Henry Sturgess: To protect her.
Abraham Lincoln: Yes!
Henry Sturgess: That you... Let her die.
[With a roar, Abe swings, chopping straight through the trunk of the tree and toppling it to the ground. Abe looks stunned]
Henry Sturgess: Power, Lincoln, *real* power, comes not from hate, but from truth.
Abraham Lincoln: Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Henry Sturgess: If vengeance is all you seek, you will never be able to save mankind. Fight this war with me, not for one man but for the whole world... Mr President.
Abraham Lincoln: [after Henry has saved Abraham and Will from falling train] Thank you, Henry. I suppose... some vampires CAN be trusted.
Henry Sturgess: As can some men, Abraham.
Henry Sturgess: If the train was a decoy, where is the silver?
Will Johnson: This isn't the only railroad.
Abraham Lincoln: [Henry nods, Abraham grins knowingly] A wise man once taught me... always have a contingency plan.
Mary Todd Lincoln: Well, I wouldn't back away from what's right just because it's hard. My father used to say: plant your feet and stand firm. The only question is where to put your feet.
Mary Todd Lincoln: [On April 14, 1865] Lincoln! We'll be late for the theater!
Adam: [after Lincoln's attempt to help the slaves] Bravo, Mr. Lincoln! Bravo. You're even better then I've heard. A shame to sacrafice so many of my best men... but I needed to know if you were up to the task.
Abraham Lincoln: [being held down by Vadoma] What do you want with me?
Adam: To see you liberated. To see you rise up and destroy your oppressor.
Abraham Lincoln: [angrily] That's interesting coming from a slave owner!
Adam: Men have enslaved each other... since they invented gods to forgive them for doing it.
Jack Barts: Did you strike my friend here?
Thomas Lincoln: He was beating my son!
Jack Barts: Did you strike him, Lincoln?
Thomas Lincoln: They're not slaves and you know it.
Jack Barts: I suggest you get back to your work before you find yourself led away in chains.
Nancy Lincoln: Until every man is free, we are all slaves.
Abraham Lincoln: A great man once said, "What we do, we do not for ourselves, not for one man, but for the good of all mankind."
Will Johnson: [entering the store, with his back to Lincoln] A stock boy reading a law book. What? Studying to be a lawyer?
Abraham Lincoln: As a matter a fact, I am.
Will Johnson: Alright, what about a little test? What's the law for free slaves in the north?
Abraham Lincoln: According to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793, Enforcing Article 4, Section 2 of the United States Constitution: "All runaway slaves must be returned to their owners." However, personal liberty laws state that: "Anyone born free cannot be taken under this act."
Will Johnson: [turning slowly] I heard a good woman once say, "Until we are all free, we're all slaves."
[Henry leads Abe to the cellar of his home, to test him on what he has learned]
Henry Sturgess: Before you protect others from darkness, you must first be able to protect yourself. Your enemies have the power to render themselves invisible. You must have the ability to fight blind. To see without seeing.
[He shuts the door, plunging the room into darkness. There are the sounds of grunts, blows landing and Abe moaning. The door opens, revealing Abe, coughing and bloody, crawling slowly towards the door as if to leave]
Abraham Lincoln: Again.
[He shuts the door]
Henry Sturgess: There is darkness EVERYWHERE! You are not the only one who has lost everything!
Henry Sturgess: [to Lincoln at the bar] Haven't you had enough?... A boy only gets this drunk when he wants to kiss a girl... or kill a man.
Adam: We are all slaves to something. I, to eternity. You, to you convictions. Others, to the color of their skin.
Abraham Lincoln: [voice-over in his journal] History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. History remembers the battle and forgets the blood. Whatever history remembers of me, if it remembers anything at all, it shall only be a fraction of the truth. For whatever else I am - a husband, a lawyer, a President - I shall always think of myself as a man who struggled against darkness.
Joshua Speed: [as he chases his ex-associate out of the store] I ever see you here again, I'll have your balls as a coin purse!
Mary Todd Lincoln: [to Lincoln] You have to win this war... If you don't, than all of it... then our son's death will have been for nothing.
[Mary comes to visit Abe and Will in jail]
Mary Todd Lincoln: I've spoken to the Senator. He'll have you out soon.
Will Johnson: You're far too kind, Miss Todd.
Will Johnson: And he's far too ugly to have a woman like you.
Mary Todd Lincoln: [smiles] Well, I think plain-looking men are the best. It's why the Lord made so many of them.
Henry Sturgess: [in the bath with Gabriella as Lincoln bursts in] Might I suggest we begin by... closing the door.
Abraham Lincoln: [stammering as he backs out of the room] Y-y-yeah, I'm sorry... I didn't see anything!
Henry Sturgess: [coming out and walking through the house] Should we dive right in? Or were you finding Gabriella's egress too distracting?
Abraham Lincoln: I'm sorry, sir but who are you?
Henry Sturgess: Who I am is Henry Sturges. And where you are is my home. And what happened... I saved your life... during you rather pathetic attempt at taking another's.
Abraham Lincoln: What were you doing there and... how did you know I would try to kill Barts?
Henry Sturgess: How? I watched this boy carry out his first long-awaited mission. Drunk, I might add.
Henry Sturgess: [to Lincoln] You know I can restore the dead.
Mary Todd Lincoln: [entering the room] Do it... do it.
Abraham Lincoln: Mary...
Mary Todd Lincoln: Do it...
Mary Todd Lincoln: Your journal... the one you always kept in your coat pocket... I know I shouldn't have, Abe, but I needed to know what you were hiding...
Mary Todd Lincoln: If what you say is true, I beg you... give us our little boy back.
Abraham Lincoln: Mary, he wouldn't be our little boy. He would be something else, something terrible. Trust me, you don't want that.
Mary Todd Lincoln: You're asking me to trust you, after you lied to me for all these years?
Abraham Lincoln: I did it to protect you, to protect our family.
Henry Sturgess: You cannot take on slavery, Abraham! You cannot take on the whole south!
Abraham Lincoln: Why? Because of Adam?
Henry Sturgess: No!
Abraham Lincoln: Are you afraid of him?
Henry Sturgess: Because it is the only thing that has kept them sated all these years... and you take that away and no one is safe!
Abraham Lincoln: [in a note with his journal] I leave in your trusted hands, my dear friend Henry... this record that begins when I was just a boy.
Jack Barts: Powder, patch, ball. Don't mess it up!
Thomas Lincoln: [to his son, about the slave traders] Look away, Abraham. It's not our place. Look away.
Jack Barts: [after Lincoln's missed shot] That was unlucky. Might have put me out of my misery.
Henry Sturgess: [to Lincoln, about the offer to kill Barts] My services aren't for sale.
Abraham Lincoln: I hate that we were afraid!
Jack Barts: [sinister] There are other ways to collect a debt.
Abraham Lincoln: [repeating his journal entry] History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. History remembers the battle, and forgets the blood. However history remembers me, if it does at all, it shall only remember a fraction of the truth.
Henry Sturgess: [to Lincoln] If vengeance is all you seek, seek it elsewhere.
Abraham Lincoln: [in his journal] In the weeks that followed, Henry endeavored to impart a life time of vampire hunting secrets... Their ability to adapt in sunlight. Their power to render themselves invisible. But most of all, he taught me how to destroy them.
Henry Sturgess: [to Lincoln] I give you the targets. That was our deal.
Henry Sturgess: Vampires have been in the new world for centuries. Slaughtering native tribes and early settlers.
Abraham Lincoln: [in his journal] Henry sent me out into the world with a reminder. No distractions, no attachments. No friends or family.
Stephen A. Douglas: Are you a voting man, Mr. Lincoln?
[while Abe hangs upside down, helpless, the Pharmacist sharpens a razor and places a bowl underneath him]
Pharmacist: Don't worry, it'll only hurt for a moment or two... did you eat today?
Abraham Lincoln: I shall kill them all!
Thomas Lincoln: If you get one more penny fro me, Mr. Barts, it will come with a fist wrapped around it.