Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln
From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia...could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, i
Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both cou
I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that "it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams."
I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their conduct during this war.
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
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
Bring me Longstreet's head on a platter and the war will be over
I am a little uneasy about the abolishment of slavery in this District of Columbia.
I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.
no man who is resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention, still less can he afford to take the consequences, including the vitiation of his temper and the loss of self control, yield to larger things to which you show no more than equal rights, and yield to lesser on
What I want is to get done what the people desire to have done, and the question for me is how to find that out exactly.
I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.
Glory to God in the highest, Ohio has saved the Nation.
I don't s'pose anybody on earth likes gingerbread better'n I do-and gets less'n I do.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. Abraham Lin
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
I see a very dark cloud on America's horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome.
If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already. It is but a small matter whether you read with anyone or not. I did not read with anyone. Get the books, and read and study them till you understand them in their principal features; and that is
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
Do I not damage my enemies after i make them my close friends?
I am not in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office.
the better angels of our nature
Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue.
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.
Every man's happiness is his own responsibility.
All creation is a mine, and every man a miner. The whole earth, and all within it, upon it, and round about it, including himself ... are the infinitely various "leads" from which, man, from the first, was to dig out his destiny.
Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived.