We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word many mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny.

-Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.

Abraham Lincoln
He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.
Abraham Lincoln

Persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should be adopted to influence the conduct of men. The opposite course would be a reversal of human nature, which is God's decree and can never be reversed.

Abraham Lincoln
The very spot where grew the bread that formed my bones, I see. How strange, old field, on thee to tread, and feel I'm part of thee.
Abraham Lincoln

When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.

Abraham Lincoln
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.
Abraham Lincoln

Lonely men seek companionship. Lonely women sit at home and wait. They never meet.

Abraham Lincoln
I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, you begin making exceptions to it, where will you stop? If one man says it does not mean a Negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man?
Abraham Lincoln

The one victory we can ever call complete will be that one which proclaims that there is not one slave or one drunkard on the face of God's green earth.

Abraham Lincoln
Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.