I think that if anything can be proved by natural theology, it is that slavery is morally wrong. God gave man a mouth to receive bread, hands to feed it, and his hand has a right to carry bread to his mouth without controversy.
You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.
By the 'mud-sill' theory it is assumed that labor and education are incompatible; and any practical combination of them impossible. According to that theory, a blind horse upon a tread-mill, is a perfect illustration of what a laborer should be -- all the better for being blind, that he could not tr
I have said a hundred times, and I have no inclination to take it back, that I believe there is no right, and ought to be no inclination in the people of the free States to enter into the slave States, and to interfere with the question of slavery at all. I have said that always.
Oh, that [his Thanksgiving Message] is some of Seward's nonsense, and it pleases the fools.
We have all heard of Young America. He is the most current youth of the age. Some think him conceited, and arrogant; but has he not reason to entertain a rather extensive opinion of himself? Is he not the inventor and owner of the present, and sole hope of the future?
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
Character is like a tree, and reputation is like its shadow.
I believe the Bible is the best gift God ever gave to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through that book." On a personal spiritual note, Lincoln confessed, "I have been driven many times to my knees with the overwhelming conviction, that I had nowhere else to go.
No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
It is easiest to "be all things to all men," but it is not honest. Self-respect must be sacrificed every hour in the day.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Never change horses in midstream.
It is to deny, what the history of the world tells us is true, to suppose that men of ambition and talents will not continue to spring up amongst us. And, when they do, they will asnaturally seek the gratification of their ruling passion, as others have so done before them.
I told myself, "Lincoln, you can never make a lawyer if you do not understand what demonstrate means." So I left my situation in Springfield, went home to my father's house, and stayed there till I could give any proposition in the six books of Euclid at sight. I then found out what "demonstrate" me
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.
Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.
When I so pressingly urge a strict observance of all the laws, let me not be understood as saying there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise, for the redress of which, no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say, that, although bad laws, if the
Everybody likes a compliment.
I am like a man so busy in letting rooms in one end of his house, that he can't stop to put out the fire that is burning the other.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Abraham Lincol
You know I dislike slavery; and you fully admit the abstract wrong of it.
Don't kneel to me, that is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will hereafter enjoy.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
I can only say that I have acted upon my best convictions, without selfishness or malice, and that by the help of God I shall continue to do so.
Did Stanton say I was a damned fool? Then I dare say I must be one, for Stanton is generally right and he always says what he means.
To read in the Bible, as the word of God himself, that "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, ["] and to preach there-from that, "In the sweat of other mans faces shalt thou eat bread," to my mind can scarcely be reconciled with honest sincerity.
He has got the slows, Mr. Blair.