According to this page and 2800+ others, Abraham Lincoln said:
“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.” (sic)
I could not find a source. Did Abraham Lincoln say it, or is it just someone that attributed it to him?
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Given its simplicity and popularity (currently over 9000 results on Google, including the correct "than" version), there should be a reputable source for the quote. I am still unable to locate one, so the answer is most likely: No, Abraham Lincoln did not say that.