Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
The struggle of today is not altogether for today - it is for a vast future also.
Donâ€™t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.
It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles - the oppression of tyranny - to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them.
If we cannot give freedom to every creature, let us do nothing that will impose slavery upon any other creature.
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
Wise statesmen ... established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity should look up
I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.
The war, the American Civil War of 1861-1865, would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits.
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
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.
He who does something at the head of one Regiment, will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.
Must I shoot a simple-minded soldier boy who deserts, while I must not touch a hair of the wily agitator who induces him to desert? I think that in such a cse to silence the agitator and save the boy is not only constitutional but withal a great mercy.
An allusion has been made to the Homestead Law. I think it worthy of consideration, and that the wild lands of the country should be distributed so that every man should have the means and opportunity of benefitting his condition.
I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.
That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrepect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.
Whether you look for the good or look for the bad in a person, you'll find it." A. Lincoln
The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.
Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind.
God can not be for, and against the same thing at the same time.
In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions.
You know you've reached middle age when all you exercise is caution
All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself ... are the infinitely various "leads" from which, man, from the first, was to dig out his destiny.
You think slavery is right and ought to be extended; while we think it is wrong and ought to be restricted. That I suppose is the rub. It certainly is the only substantial difference between us.
I am the president of the United States of America, clothed in immense power! You will procure me those votes!
And then, there will be some black men who can remember that, with silent tongue, and clenched teeth, and steady eye, and well-poised bayonnet, they have helped mankind on to this great consummation...
The Bible is not my book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma.
The surest way to reveal one's character is not through adversity but by giving them power.
Let none falter who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. But if, after all, we shall fail, be it so: we still shall have the proud consolation of saying to our consciences, and to the departed shade of our country's freedom, that the cause approved of our judgment and adored of our hearts, in dis
It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence.