I cannot imaging anyone looking at the sky and denying God.
It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.
I can express all my views on the slavery question by quotations from Henry Clay.
Must a government be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence?
I ... ran for Legislature [in 1832] ... and was beaten-the only time I have been beaten by the people.
Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.
Slavery is wrong. If Slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and Constitutions against it, are themselves wrong, and should be silenced, and swept away.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincol
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
Reputation is like fine china: Once broken it's very hard to repair.
There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.
Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
Senator [Stephen] Douglas is of world-wide renown. All the anxious politicians of his party, or who have been of his party for years past, have been looking upon him as certainly, at no distant day, to be the President of the United States. They have seen in his round, jolly, fruitful face, post off
Suspicions which may be unjust need not be stated.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
I will either be America's greatest president or its last.
Surely He intends some great good to follow this mighty convulsion which no mortal could make, and no mortal could stay.
If i get 8 hours to cut a tree i'll spend 7 hours to sharp my knife.
The Constitution is not a suicide pact.
I am not in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office.
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
We seek not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow those who would prevert it.
No State, upon it own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union. Resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally nothing. I therefore consider that the Union is unbroken. There needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless forced upon the national authority.
Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.
I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent. Abraham Lincol