Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice.
Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. 1
I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down...
Gold is good in its place, but living, brave, patriotic men are better than gold.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
I appeal to all loyal citizens to favor, facilitate and aid this effort to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the existence of our National Union, and the perpetuity of populargovernment; and to redress wrongs already long enough endured.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
We know, Southern men declare that their slaves are better off than hired laborers amongst us. How little they know, whereof they speak! There is no permanent class of hired laborers amongst us. Twenty-five years ago, I was a hired laborer. The hired laborer of yesterday, labors on his own account t
The slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters, as you are the master of your own negroes.
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.
I did say, at Chicago, in my speech there, that I do wish to see the spread of slavery arrested and to see it placed where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction.
Work, work, work, is the main thing.
I want in all cases to do right.
The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.
By what principle of original right is it that one-fiftieth or one-ninetieth of a great nation, by calling themselves a State, have the right to break up and ruin that nation as a matter of original principle?
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincol
I will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is not the Constitution as I would like to have it, but as it is, that is to be defended. The Constitution will not be preserved & defended until it is enforced & obeyed in every part of every o
Life is hard but so very beautiful
But the proclamation, as law, either is valid, or is not valid. If it is not valid, it needs no retraction. If it is valid, it can not be retracted, any more than the dead can be brought to life.
I perhaps ought to say that individually I never was much interested in the Texas question. I never could see much good to come of annexation, inasmuch as they were already a free republican people on our own model.
A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started ... He will assume control of your cities, states and nations. He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities, and corporations ... The fate of humanity is in his hands.
I can't spare this man, he fights!
Fondly do we hope, ferverently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.
A right result, at this time, will be worth more to the world, than ten times the men, and ten times the money.
As our case is new, we must think and act anew. Abraham Lincol
It is a good face. I am glad this war is over at last.
Submitted to the Sec. of War. On principle I dislike an oath which requires a man to swear he has not done wrong. It rejects the Christian principle of forgiveness on terms of repentance. I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter.