The man who stands by and says nothing, when the peril of his government is discussed, can not be misunderstood. If not hindered, he is sure to help the enemy.
Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
The damnest scoundrel that ever lived, but in the infinite mercy of Providence... also the damnest fool.
With the Catching Ends the Pleasure of the Chase.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
I was elected a Captain of Volunteers--a success which gave me more pleasure than any I have had since.
There is an important sense in which government is distinctive from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration.
So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!
Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.
I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
When I got him out he was near froze solid and shivering. He was shaking so hard that I wasted half a glass of whiskey trying to aim it for his mouth. Must have got enough of it into him, though, since it did seem to bring him back to life.
Again I admonish you not to be turned from your stern purpose of defending your beloved country and its free institutions by any arguments urged by ambitious and designing men, but stand fast to the Union and the old flag.
The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.
Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
Upon this subject, the habits of our whole species fall into three great classes--useful labour, useless labour and idleness. Of these the first only is meritorious; and to it all the products of labour rightfully belong; but the two latter, while they exist, are heavy pensioners upon the first, rob
You may have a wen or a cancer upon your person and not be able to cut it out lest you bleed to death; but surely it is no way tocure it, to engraft it and spread it over your whole body.
I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.
Oh, that [his Thanksgiving Message] is some of Seward's nonsense, and it pleases the fools.
If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.
I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.
Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong.
Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest amongst us are held out the highest privileges and positions. The present moment finds me at the White House, yet there is as good a chance for your children as there was for my father's.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
If ever this free people, if this Government itself is ever utterly demoralized, it will come from this incessant human wriggle and struggle for office, which is but a way to live without work.
By adoption of these principles, the long-felt want for a uniform medium will be satisfied. The taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest, discounts, and exchanges. The financing of all public enterprises, the maintenance of stable government and ordered progress, and the conduct of the Treas
The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them, when they are invaded.
When I go hear a man speak, I like to hear him speak like he's fighting a swarm of bees.
Now, and ever, I shall do all in my power for peace, consistently with the maintenance of government.