I think slavery is wrong, morally, and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
There is nothing true anywhere, The true is nowhere to be seen; If you say you see the true, This seeing is not the true one.
With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.
I cannot bring myself to believe that any human being lives who would do me any harm.
I did say, at Chicago, in my speech there, that I do wish to see the spread of slavery arrested and to see it placed where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction.
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
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
All true wisdom is found on T-shirts.
I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in 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.
The case of Andrews is really a very bad one, as appears by the record already before me. Yet before receiving this I had orderedhis punishment commuted to imprisonmentand had so telegraphed. I did this, not on any merit in the case, but because I am trying to evade the butchering business lately.
I will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is not the Constitution as I would like to have it, but as it is, that is to be defended. The Constitution will not be preserved & defended until it is enforced & obeyed in every part of every o
The written word may be man's greatest invention. It allows us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn.
That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.
Life is hard but so very beautiful
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
The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.
The legalized liquor business is the tragedy of our civilization. Alcohol is the greatest and most blighting curse of our modern civilization. The liquor seller is simply and only a privileged malefactor - a criminal.
I am the president of the United States of America, clothed in immense power! You will procure me those votes!
If a man had more than one life, I think a little hanging would not hurt this one; but after he is once dead, we cannot bring him back, no matter how sorry we may be; so the boy shall be pardoned.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us.
The damnest scoundrel that ever lived, but in the infinite mercy of Providence... also the damnest fool.
The only security a man can ever have is the ability to do a job uncommonly well.
We accepted this war for an object, a worthy object, and the war will end when that object is attained. Under God, I hope it never will until that time.
While I am deeply sensible to the high compliment of a re-election; and duly grateful, as I trust, to Almighty God for having directed my countrymen to a right conclusion, as I think, for their own good, it adds nothing to my satisfaction that any other man may be disappointed or pained by the resul