I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.
I am busily engaged in study of the Bible.
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.
if you want your name to be remembered after your death either do something worth writing or write some thing worth reading
And then, the negro being doomed, and damned, and forgotten, to everlasting bondage, is the white man quite certain that the tyrant demon will not turn upon him too?
Let there be no compromise on the question of extending slavery. If there be, all our labor is lost, and, ere long, must be done again.
We cannot escape history.
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.
Be excellent and party on dudes.
When someone asked Abraham Lincoln, after he was elected president, what he was going to do about his enemies, he replied, "I am going to destroy them. I am going to make them my friends."
There is really no crisis except an artificial one...If the great American people will only keep their temper, on both sides of the line, the trouble will come to an end.
No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.
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
He has got the slows, Mr. Blair.
The Democracy of to-day hold the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing, when in conflict with another mans right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar; but in cases of conflict, the man before the dollar.
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Nothing will divert me from my purpose.
I believe I shall never be old enough to speak without embarrassment when I have nothing to talk about.
With this honor devolves upon you also a corresponding responsibility. As the country herein trusts you, so under God it will sustain you.
It is for us and our time...to say the right makes might.
The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
There is more involved in this contest than is realized by every one. There is involved in this struggle the question whether your children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed.
Again, a law may be both constitutional and expedient, and yet may be administered in an unjust and unfair way.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
The person who is incapable of making a mistake, is incapable of anything.
Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
Nobody has ever expected me to be President. In my poor, lean, lank face, nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting out.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.