I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
The surest way to reveal one's character is not through adversity but by giving them power.
Human-nature will not change.
The health you enjoy is largely your choice
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
I am the president of the United States of America, clothed in immense power! You will procure me those votes!
Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation...
The occasion is piled high with difficulty. We must rise to the occasion.
It is easiest to "be all things to all men," but it is not honest. Self-respect must be sacrificed every hour in the day.
I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and that by religious men, who are equally certain that they represent the Divine will. I hope it will not be irreverent for me to say that if it is probable that God would reveal His will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it
It is not 'Is God on my side', but 'Am I on God's side'.
The President responded very impressively, saying that he was deeply sensible of his need of Divine assistance. He had sometime thought that perhaps he might be an instrument in God's hands of accomplishing a great work and he certainly was not unwilling to be. Perhaps, however, God's way of accompl
Nevertheless, amid the greatest difficulties of my Administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance on God, knowing that all would go well, and that He would decide for the right.
It is not our frowning battlements...or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land....Our defence is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere.
No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.
We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.
If I am killed, I can die by once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.
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.
Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men
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.
And you are entirely free from head-ache? That is good -- good -- considering it is the first spring you have been free from it since we were acquainted. I am afraid you will get so well, and fat, and young, as to be wanting to marry again.
if you want your name to be remembered after your death either do something worth writing or write some thing worth reading
Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
I am like a man so busy in letting rooms in one end of his house, that he can't stop to put out the fire that is burning the other.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
If we cannot give freedom to every creature, let us do nothing that will impose slavery upon any other creature.
Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.
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.
Donâ€™t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.