Money possesses no value to the state other than that given to it by circulation.
This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave.
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
Twenty-two years ago Judge [then-Senator Stephen] Douglas and I first became acquainted. We were both young then; he a trifle younger than I. Even then, we were both ambitious; I, perhaps, quite as much so as he. With me, the race of ambition has been a failure--a flat failure; with him it has been
I have always hated slavery, I think, as much as any abolitionist. I have been an Old Line Whig. I have always hated it, but I have always been quiet about it until this new era of the introduction of the Nebraska Bill began.
The best way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends.
I see a very dark cloud on America's horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome.
If the people of Utah shall peacefully form a State Constitution tolerating polygamy, will the Democracy admit them into the Union?
We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln 1
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.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life.
All I have learned, I learned from books.
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
Labor is superior to capital and precedes capital. Without labor, there is no capital.
Let all Americans - let all lovers of liberty everywhere - join in the great and good work. If we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union; but we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving.
I do not boast that God is on my side, I humbly pray that I am on God's side.
The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.
I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.
Sorrow comes to all...Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better and yet you are sure to be happy again.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln
I think that one of the causes of these repeated failures is that our best and greatest men have greatly underestimated the size of this question (slavery). They have constantly brought forward small cures for great sores-plasters too small to cover the wound. That is one reason that all settlements
Teach economy. That is one of the first and highest virtues. It begins with saving money.
How many times have I laughed at you telling me plainly that I was too lazy to be anything but a lawyer.
And while it has not pleased the Almighty to bless us with a return of peace, we can but press on, guided by the best light He gives, trusting that in His own good time, and wise way, all will yet be well.
It is the eternal struggle between these two principles - right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, "You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it."
You say men ought to be hung for the way they are executing the law; I say the way it is being executed is quite as good as any of its antecedents. It is being executed in the precise way which was intended from the first, else why does no Nebraska man express astonishment or condemnation? Poor Reed
A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major-general.
The Almighty has His own purposes.