I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.
I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God's word because it finds me where I am.
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.
We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
And upon this act [Emancipation Proclamation]...I invoke...the gracious favor of Almighty God.
Let us strive on to finish the work we are in.
The surest way to reveal one's character is not through adversity but by giving them power.
As labor is the common burden of our race, so the effort of some to shift their share of the burden onto the shoulders of others is the great durable curse of the race.
Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest.
A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started ... the fate of humanity is in his hands.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. Abraham Lin
I have never had a feeling, politically, that did not spring from the Declaration of Independence that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence, I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it.
Such will be a great lesson of peace: teaching men that what they cannot take by an election, neither can they take it by war.
All I ask for the negro is that if you do not like him, let him alone. If God gave him but little, that little let him enjoy.
My experience has taught me that a man who has no vices has damned few virtues.
Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction ... nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Ready are we all to cry out and ascribe motives when our toes are pinched.
I do not allow myself to suppose that either the convention or the League, have concluded to decide that I am either the greatest or the best man in America, but rather they have concluded it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river, and have further concluded that I am not so poor a hors
To correct the evils, great and small, which spring from want of sympathy and from positive enmity among strangers, as nations or as individuals, is one of the highest functions of civilization.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
The severest justice may not always be the best policy
The man who could go to Africa and rob her of her children, and then sell them into interminable bondage, with no other motive than that which is furnished by dollars and cents, is so much worse than the most depraved murderer that he can never receive pardon at my hand.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would
I cannot imaging anyone looking at the sky and denying God.