Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.
But I must add that the U.S. government must not, as by this order, undertake to run the churches. When an individual, in a church or out of it, becomes dangerous to the public interest, he must be checked; but let the churches, as such take care of themselves. It will not do for the U.S. to appoint
No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression. My conscience is my own - my creators - not man's. I shall never sink the rights of mankind to the malice, wrong, or avarice of another's wishes, though those wishes come to me in the relat
Now, and ever, I shall do all in my power for peace, consistently with the maintenance of government.
We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous.
If ever I feel the soul within me elevate and expand to those dimensions, not wholly unworthy of its almighty Architect, it is when I contemplate the cause of my country, deserted by all the world beside, and I standing up boldly, alone, hurling defiance at her victorious oppressors.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free.
I don't s'pose anybody on earth likes gingerbread better'n I do-and gets less'n I do.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
Senator Douglas holds, we know, that a man may rightfully be wiser today than he was yesterday - that he may rightfully change when he finds himself wrong. But can we, for that reason, runahead, and infer that he will make any particular change, of which he, himself, has given no intimation?
As the chief speaker at the dedication of the national cemetery at the Gettysburg Battlefield, statesman Edward Everett wrote to Lincoln: I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
If the great American people will only keep their temper, on both sides of the line, the troubles will come to an end, and the question which now distracts the country will be settled just as surely as all other difficulties of like character which have originated in this government have been adjust
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lin
I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that the
To say a sheep has 5 legs doesn't make it so.
Such a man the times have demanded, and such, in the providence of God was given us. But he is gone. Let us strive to deserve, as far as mortals may, the continued care of Divine Providence, trusting that, in future national emergencies, He will not fail to provide us the instruments of safety and s
I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word many mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and
Calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg.
I was born and have ever remaind [sic] in the most humble walks of life.
All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Abraham Lincoln was asked by an aide about the church service he had attended. Lincoln responded that the minister was inspired, interesting, well-prepared, eloquent and the topic relevant. The aide said, â€œThen it was a good service?â€ Lincoln responded, â€œNo.â€ The aide protested, â€œBut, Mr. Pr
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. 1
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
I am humble Abraham Lincoln. I have been solicited by my friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman's dance.
I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.