Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincol
I learned a great many years ago that in a fight between husband and wife, a third party should never get between the woman's skillet and the man's ax-helve.
If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it.
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
It is with your aid, as the people, that I think we shall be able to preserve - not the country, for the country will preserve itself, but the institutions of the country - those institutions which have made us free, intelligent and happy - the most free, the most intelligent, and the happiest peopl
I was raised to farm work.
While the people retain their virtue and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years.
There is no greater injustice than to wring your profits from the sweat of another man's brow.
I go for all sharing the privileges of the government who assist in bearing its burdens.
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
I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.
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.
Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease.
I can hardly believe that the South and North can live in peace, unless we can get rid of the negroes ... I believe that it would be better to export them all to some fertile country with a good climate, which they could have to themselves.
I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
The unpleasant events you are passing from will not have been profitless to you.
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. Abraham Lincol
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
If both factions, or neither, shall abuse you, you will probably be about right. Beware of being assailed by one and praised by the other.
Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
It has been said of the world's history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.
That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
A tendancy to melancholy...let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.
We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while.
In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak, and as strong; as silly and as wise; asbad and good.
Now, at the end of three years struggle the nation's condition is not what either party, or any man devised, or expected. God alone can claim it.
Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. Abraham Lincol