With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. Abraham Lin
He [Stephen Douglas] is blowing out the moral lights around us, when he contends that whoever wants slaves has a right to hold them; that he is penetrating, so far as lies in his power, the human soul, and eradicating the light of reason and the love of liberty, when he is in every possible way prep
I turn, then, and look to the American people and to that God who has never forsaken them.
Should my administration prove to be a very wicked one...or a very foolish one, if you, the people, are true to yourselves and the Constitution, there is little harm I can do, thank God.
He who does something at the head of one Regiment, will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.
Slavery is founded on the selfishness of man's nature - opposition to it on his love of justice. These principles are in eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.
I always [or "often"] walk slowly, but I never walk backwards.
One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended.
I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world.
One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war.
I walk slowly, but never backwards.
Offering thanks in the midst of tragedy is an American tradition, . even during a bloody Civil War.
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets, and that when ballots have fairly and constitutionall y decided there can be no successful appeal back to bullets.
We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.
Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible. Abraham Lincol
As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. 1
Among the friends of Union, there is great diversity of sentiment and of policy in regard to slavery and the African race among us.
So plain that no one, high or low, ever does mistake it, except in a plainly selfish way; for although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself.
Life is hard but so very beautiful
Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.
Work, work, work, is the main thing.
With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semicolin; it's a useful little chap
You know I dislike slavery; and you fully admit the abstract wrong of it.
Great distance in either time or space has wonderful power to lull and render quiescent the human mind.
By all means, don't say, "if I can," say "I will."
The time has come when I am for everybody fighting the rebels. Let Indians fight them; let the Negroes fight them; and if you have got any strong-legged jackasses in Iwoa that can kick rebels to death, they have my hearty consent.
I have always been an old-line Henry Clay Whig.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
We shall not fail - if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.