The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here so nobly advanced.
I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I can say this: that among my earliest recollections, I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand.
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Linc
The Lord spared the fitten and the rest he seen fitten to die.
The political horizon looks dark and lowering; but the people, under Providence, will set all right.
If you love something, set it free.
I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch any thing on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out.
We, on our side, are praying to Him to give us victory, because we believe we are right; but those on the other side pray to Him, look for victory, believing they are right. What must He think of us?
I do not boast that God is on my side, I humbly pray that I am on God's side.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
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
Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.
I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war.
The war, the American Civil War of 1861-1865, would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits.
In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are fou
Don't swap horses in crossing a stream.
In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.
Never change horses in midstream.
The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell; I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die or be better, it appears
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
I cannot speak so confidently about the fighting qualities of the Eastern men, or what are called Yankees - not knowing myself particularly to whom the appellation belongs - but this I do know - if the Southerners think that man for man they are better than our Illinois men, or western men generally
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
It has been said of the world's history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous.
I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.
That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.