Illinois surpasses every other spot of equal extent upon the face of the globe in fertility of soil and in the proportionable amount of the same which is sufficiently level for actual cultivation.
I ... ran for Legislature [in 1832] ... and was beaten-the only time I have been beaten by the people.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincol
The Lord spared the fitten and the rest he seen fitten to die.
Why don't I drink from a straw? Because straws are for suckers.
This nation under God
Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.
Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.
Whether slavery shall go into Nebraska, or other new territories, is not a matter of exclusive concern to the people who may go there. The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories. We want them for the homes of free white people.
These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.
May our children and our children's children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers.
The human mind is impelled to action, or held in rest by some power, over which the mind itself has no control.
Do I not damage my enemies after i make them my close friends?
This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave.
The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance.
The Bible is not my book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma.
My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.
The time has come when I am for everybody fighting the rebels. Let Indians fight them; let the Negroes fight them; and if you have got any strong-legged jackasses in Iwoa that can kick rebels to death, they have my hearty consent.
I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
I believe the declaration that â€˜all men are created equalâ€™ is the great fundamental principle upon which our free institutions rest.
Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
I have neither time nor disposition to enter into discussion with the Friend, and end this occasion by suggesting for her consideration the question whether, if it be true that the Lord has appointed me to do the work she has indicated, it is not probable that he would have communicated knowledge of
When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying.
I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.
On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.
Its authors meant it to be... a stumbling block to those who in after times might seek to turn a free people back into the hateful paths of despotism. They knew the proneness of prosperity to breed tyrants, and they meant when such should re-appear in this fair land and commence their vocation they
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.