He never burned any bridges or held any grudges. Unlike his wife. Whenever he was defeated, he accepted it with good grace - any made sure he stayed in the good graces of those who defeated him.
"Having risen to power with fewer privileges than any of his rivals, Lincoln was more accustomed to rely upon himself to shape events."
"Precision with language - he rarely said more than he was sure about, rarely pander to his various audiences..."
Over the years, had "developed a keen sense of what people felt, thought, needed, and wanted...."
"Profound and elevated sense of ambition... notably free of pettiness, malice, and overindulgence..."
"Though Lincoln desired success as fiercely as any of his rivals, he did not allow his quest for office to consume the kindness and openheartedness with which he treated supporters and rivals alike..."
"All his life, he had taken care not to send letters in anger..."
When Great Britain threatened to recognize the Confederacy "He had analyzed a complex situation and sought the least provocative way to neutralize a potential enemy while mkaing crystal-clear his... position."
After Battle of Bull run... "brooded in private... told humorous stories to provide relief."
(page 615) "The president was delighted by the... embrace of Grant. He will willingly ceded to the unassuming general his own customary place of honor, full aware that the path to victory was wide enough... for the two of them to 'walk it abreast.'
(page 635) "extraordinary want of vindictiveness."