'A living dog is better than a dead lion.' Judge Douglas, if not a dead lion for this work, is at least a caged and toothless one. How can he oppose the advances of slavery? He don't care anything about it.
Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.
I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise.
Laughter can be used to sooth the mind and get rid of those awful thoughts.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincol
Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then... find the way.
I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch any thing on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub it out.
I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.
Cling to liberty and right; battle fro them; leed for them; die for them, if need be; and have confidence in God.
There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.
You are as happy as you make up your mind to be.
I perhaps ought to say that individually I never was much interested in the Texas question. I never could see much good to come of annexation, inasmuch as they were already a free republican people on our own model.
When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. Abraham Lin
Much is being said about peace; and no man desires peace more ardently than I. Still I am yet unprepared to give up the Union fora peace which, so achieved, could not be of much duration.
Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite
It has so happened in all ages of the world that some have labored, and others have, without labor, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits.
With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path ... It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts for distinction.
The political horizon looks dark and lowering; but the people, under Providence, will set all right.
I am slow to listen to criminations among friends, and never espouse their quarrels on either side. My sincere wish is that both sides will allow bygones to be bygones, and look to the present & future only.
We shall not fail - if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.
The war, the American Civil War of 1861-1865, would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits.
I believe I shall never be old enough to speak without embarrassment when I have nothing to talk about.
Nations do not die from invasion; they die from internal rottenness.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. Abraham Lin
A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods. With the fearful strain that is on me night and da
The human mind is impelled to action, or held in rest by some power, over which the mind itself has no control.
To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men