In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in that we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lin
My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families - second families, perhaps I should say.
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
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Now, at the end of three years struggle the nation's condition is not what either party, or any man devised, or expected. God alone can claim it.
Never change horses in midstream.
I desire to see the time when education, and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry shall become much more general than at present.
Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other right.
Negroes, like other people, act upon motives. Why should they do anything for us, if we will do nothing for them? If they stake their lives for us, they must be prompted by the strongest motive, even the promise of freedom. And the promise being made, must be kept.
I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races: that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with
Much is being said about peace; and no man desires peace more ardently than I. Still I am yet unprepared to give up the Union fora peace which, so achieved, could not be of much duration.
We must work earnestly in the best light He gives us.
I will either be America's greatest president or its last.
Care for him who shall have borne the battle
There is more involved in this contest than is realized by every one. There is involved in this struggle the question whether your children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed.
I believe I shall never be old enough to speak without embarrassment when I have nothing to talk about.
We shall meanly lose or nobly save the last hope of earth.
Lonely men seek companionship. Lonely women sit at home and wait. They never meet.
No man has a right to judge Andrew Johnson in any respect who has not suffered as much and done as much as he for the Nation's sake.
I wish to see, in process of disappearing, that only thing which ever could bring this nation to civil war.
I learned a great many years ago that in a fight between husband and wife, a third party should never get between the woman's skillet and the man's ax-helve.
Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. 1
As we keep or break the Sabbath Day we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises.
As a general rule never take your whole fee in advance, nor any more than a small retainer. When fully paid beforehand, you are more than a common mortal if you can feel the same interest in the case, as if something was still in prospect for you, as well as for your client.
I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
Nobody has ever expected me to be President. In my poor, lean, lank face, nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting out.
My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not to either save or destroy Slavery.