The petition of persons under eighteen, praying that I would free all slave children, and the heading of which petition it appears you wrote, was handed me a few days since by Senator Sumner. Please tell these little people I am very glad their young hearts are so full of just and generous sympathy,
Public opinion in this country is everything.
I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.
Washington's is the mightiest name of earth - long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation. On that name no eulogy is expected. It cannot be. To add brightness to the sun, or glory to the name of Washington, is alike impossible. Let none attempt it. In sol
Any society that takes away from those most capable and gives to the least will perish.
The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance.
The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.
I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.
It is not merely for to-day, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives.
I certainly know that if the war fails, the administration fails, and that I will be blamed for it, whether I deserve it or not. And I ought to be blamed, if I could do better. You think I could do better; therefore you blame me already. I think I could not do better; therefore I blame you for blami
Legislation and adjudication must follow, and conform to, the progress of society.
As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
And upon this act [Emancipation Proclamation]...I invoke...the gracious favor of Almighty God.
We cannot escape history.
We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world, by thus fostering Human Slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of Human Freedom.
We must believe that He permits it [this war] for some wise purpose of his own, mysterious and unknown to us; and though with ourlimited understandings we may not be able to comprehend it, yet we cannot but believe, that he who made the world still governs it.
Upon the subjects of which I have treated, I have spoken as I have thought. I may be wrong in regard to any or all of them; but, holding it a sound maxim that it is better only sometimes to be right than at all times to be wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to
As we keep or break the Sabbath Day we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises.
Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.
I do not boast that God is on my side, I humbly pray that I am on God's side.
Bring me Longstreet's head on a platter and the war will be over
No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.
Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.
One is a majority if he is right.
I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.
If you have never failed you have never lived.
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision.