Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.
The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.
I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, you begin making exceptions to it, where will you stop? If one man says it does not mean a Negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man?
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lin
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be 'the Union as it was'.
When someone asked Abraham Lincoln, after he was elected president, what he was going to do about his enemies, he replied, "I am going to destroy them. I am going to make them my friends."
I wish all men to be free. I wish the material prosperity of the already free which I feel sure the extinction of slavery would bring.
I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch any thing on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out.
Killing the dog does not cure the bite.
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
A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
If as the friends of colonization hope, the present and coming generations of our countrymen shall by any means, succeed in freeing our land from the dangerous presence of slavery; and, at the same time, in restoring a captive people to their long-lost father-land, with bright prospects for the futu
In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the president] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people, as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various localities of the n
You have more of a feeling of personal resentment than I have. Perhaps, I have too little of it, but I never thought it paid.
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, "And this too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How co
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. Abraham Lin
Its authors meant it to be... a stumbling block to those who in after times might seek to turn a free people back into the hateful paths of despotism. They knew the proneness of prosperity to breed tyrants, and they meant when such should re-appear in this fair land and commence their vocation they
Towering genius...thirsts and burns for distinction; and, if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves or enslaving freeman.
Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence.
It has long been recognized that the problems with alcohol relate not to the use of a bad thing, but to the abuse of a good thing.
Writing is the great invention of the world.
A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
It is my pleasure that my children are free and happy, and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.
Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men
I say now, however, as I have all the while said, that on the territorial question - that is, the question of extending slavery under the national auspices, - I am inflexible. I am for no compromise which assists or permits the extension of the institution on soil owned by the nation.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both.