Let us hopethat by the best cultivation of the physical world, beneath and around us; and the intellectual and moral world within us, we shall secure an individual, social and political prosperity and happiness, whose course shall be onward and upward, and which, while the earth endures, shall not p
With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
I shall adopt new views as fast as they shall appear to be true views.
If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it.
My experience has taught me that a man who has no vices has damned few virtues.
These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature-oppositi on to it is in his love of justice.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. 1
We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.
While the people retain their virtue and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years.
Now what is Judge Douglas Popular Sovereignty? It is, as a principle, no other than that, if one man chooses to make a slave of another man, neither that other man nor anybody else has a right to object.
The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.
Seriously, I do not think I fit for the presidency.
While I am deeply sensible to the high compliment of a re-election; and duly grateful, as I trust, to Almighty God for having directed my countrymen to a right conclusion, as I think, for their own good, it adds nothing to my satisfaction that any other man may be disappointed or pained by the resul
A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.
You know I dislike slavery; and you fully admit the abstract wrong of it.
Knavery and flattery are blood relations. Abraham Lincol
The Autocrat of all the Russias will resign his crown, and proclaim his subjects free republicans sooner than will our American masters voluntarily give up their slaves.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
You dislike the emancipation proclamation; and, perhaps, would have it retracted. You say it is unconstitutional - I think differently.
Anybody will do for you, but not for me.
Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.
I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back. Abraham Lin
In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions.
I affect no contempt for the high eminence he [Senator Stephen Douglas] has reached. So reached, that the oppressed of my species,might have shared with me in the elevation, I would rather stand on that eminence, than wear the richest crown that ever pressed a monarch's brow.
One is a majority if he is right.
The slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters, as you are the master of your own negroes.
As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man.
Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong.
When I lay down the reins of this administration, I want to have one friend left. And that friend is myself.