If we never try, we shall never succeed.
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Think of strangers as friends you have not met yet.
I do not wish you to believe that I assume to be any better than others who have gone before me.
The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.
A tendancy to melancholy is a misfortune, not a fault.
A tendancy to melancholy...let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.
If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.
Allow me to assure you, that suspicion and jealousy never did help any man in any situation.
In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man.
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
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.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
I hear you have abolitionists here. We have a few in Illinois, but we shot one the other day.
No one has needed favours more than I, and generally, few have been less unwilling to accept them; but in this case, favour to me,would be injustice to the public, and therefore I must beg your pardon for declining it.
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.'
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
The unpleasant events you are passing from will not have been profitless to you.
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
in review of a book.
The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty.
Fondly do we hope, ferverently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.
Most people are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according to the bond of service -- the United States Constitution; and that, as such, I am responsible to them.
As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man.
We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
While we are grateful to all the brave men and officers for the events of the past few days, we should, above all, be very grateful to Almighty God, who gives us victory.
A nation may be said to consist of its territory, its people, and its laws. The territory is the only part which is of certain durability.
If we exchange one dollar, we both have one dollar each. But if we exchange one good thought, we both have two good thoughts.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived.
The working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the most numerous.
Perhaps a man's character was like a tree, and his reputation like a shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is like the real thing.
Most of us are just about happy as we make up our minds to be.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right -- stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold that desire with singleness of purpose.
Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.
I am glad to see that a system of labor prevails under which laborers can strike when they want to.
If you want to test a man's character, give him power.
You cannot have the right to do what is wrong!
No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent.
A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.
I pass my life in preventing the storm from blowing down the tent, and I drive in the pegs as fast as they are pulled up.
The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.
Care for him who shall have borne the battle.
The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.
The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done.
With this honor devolves upon you also a corresponding responsibility. As the country herein trusts you, so under God it will sustain you.
I have always wanted to deal with everyone I meet candidly and honestly. If I have made any assertion not warranted by facts, and it is pointed out to me, I will withdraw it cheerfully.
As a general rule, I abstain from reading reports of attacks upon myself, wishing not to be provoked by that to which I cannot properly offer an answer.
The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves.
We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world, by thus fostering Human Slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of Human Freedom.
It is sometimes well to be humble.
A fellow once came to me to ask for an appointment as a minister abroad. Finding he could not get that, he came down to some more modest position. Finally, he asked to be made a tide-waiter. When he saw he could not get that, he asked me for an old pair of trousers. It is sometimes well to be humble.
Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity. Posterity has done nothing for us.
Important principles may and must be inflexible.
Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did.
Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.
It must now atone in blood for its complicity in wickedness.
Money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity.
It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life.
We cannot escape history.
My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people.
A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism. Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed.
Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defence.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.
The Almighty has His own purposes.
It has long been recognized that the problems with alcohol relate not to the use of a bad thing, but to the abuse of a good thing.
In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.
Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.
A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major-general.
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
Determine the thing that can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
God can not be for, and against the same thing at the same time.
Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature can not be changed.
To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government.
Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.
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.
By what principle of original right is it that one-fiftieth or one-ninetieth of a great nation, by calling themselves a State, have the right to break up and ruin that nation as a matter of original principle?
Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.
If ever this free people, if this Government itself is ever utterly demoralized, it will come from this incessant human wriggle and struggle for office, which is but a way to live without work.
My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.
What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?
Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.
Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.
I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
The Cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one, or even one hundred defeats.
Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.
Never stir up litigation, a worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this, who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket?
Peace does not appear so distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time.
The only assurance of our nation's safety is to lay our foundation in morality and religion.
I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise.
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
Anyone can stand adversity but to test a person's character, give them power.
It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion.
Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Stand with anyone that is right; stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms.
If each of billions or trillions of leaves and snowflakes can display its own unique individual identity, how much more so should not each human being?
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or till I die, or am conquered, or my term expires, or Congress or the country forsakes me.
No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.
No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.
That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.
If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.
Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Let the people on both sides keep their self-possession, and just as other clouds have cleared away in due time, so will this, and this great nation shall continue to prosper as before.
If you intend to go to work there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work, you can not get along anywhere.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
We can not have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.
Let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children's liberty.
The damnest scoundrel that ever lived, but in the infinite mercy of Providence... also the damnest fool.
To lead, you must touch men's hearts.
Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.
The power confided in me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts.
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
We must settle this question now--whether in a free government the minority have the right to break it up whenever they choose. If we fail, it will go far to prove the incapability of the people to govern themselves.
The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good.
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance.
Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and will be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away.
The trouble with Hooker is that he's got his headquarters where his hindquarters aught to be.
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
Character is like a tree, and reputation is like its shadow.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.
I am here; I must do the best I can, and bear the responsibility of taking the course which I feel I ought to take.
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 and future only.
In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war.
In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families -- second families, perhaps I should say.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
A man's legs must be long enough to reach the ground.
It has been said that one bad general is better than two good ones, and the saying is true if taken to mean no more than that an army is better directed by a single mind, though inferior, than by two superior ones at variance and cross-purposes with each other. And the same is true in all joint operations wherein those engaged can have none but a common end in view and can differ only as to the choice of means. In a storm at sea no one on board can wish the ship to sink, and yet not unfrequently all go down together because too many will direct and no single mind can be allowed to control.
I belive that people should fight for what they believe and only what they believe.
To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.
Now I can ride. I have a pumpkin in each end of my sack.
I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother. Happy Birthday Mom.
Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?
What has ever threatened our liberty and prosperity save and except this institution of Slavery?
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.
A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade.
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.
If you want your name to be remembered after your death either do something worth writing or write some thing worth reading.
When arguing with a fool, make sure the opponent isn't doing the exact same thing.
In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.
Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.
With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semicolin; it's a useful little chap.
If we know where we are and something about how we got there, we might see where we are trending -- and if the outcomes which lie naturally in our course are unacceptable, to make timely change.
That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
Adversity does not make us frail; it only shows us how frail we are.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God.
I never trusted a man who never smoked or drank.
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?
If I were two-faced would I be wearing this one?
Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.
The matter of fees is important, far beyond the mere question of bread and butter involved. Properly attended to, fuller justice is done to both lawyer and client.
I intend discourtesy to no one.
Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.
Offering thanks in the midst of tragedy is an American tradition, . even during a bloody Civil War.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think and feel.
As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
Tangible language, which often tells more falsehoods than truths.
The plainest print cannot be read through a gold eagle.
When I go hear a man speak, I like to hear him speak like he's fighting a swarm of bees.
Lonely men seek companionship. Lonely women sit at home and wait. They never meet.
If you have never failed you have never lived.
Great distance in either time or space has wonderful power to lull and render quiescent the human mind.
I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel.
On the whole, my impression is that mercy bears richer fruits than any other attribute.
Be sure that you put your feet at the right place, then stand firm.
In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party.
Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue.
I do the very best I know how, the very best I can and I mean to keep doing so until the end.
Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.
All the armies of Europe combined could not by force make a track upon the Blue Ridge, or take a drink from the Ohio. If we are to be destroyed, we must do it ourselves.
All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.
When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I...fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.
Ability may get you to the top but it's character that will keep you there.
Never let your correspondence fall behind.
Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
The Constitution is not a suicide pact.
If elected I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me.
Let us renew our trust in god, and go forward without fear.
The better angels of our nature.
Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind.
Never regret what you don't write.
It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute political power.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Money possesses no value to the state other than that given to it by circulation.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
As a nation we began by declaring that all me are created equal. We now practically read it, all men are created equal except Negroes.
Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression.
No client ever had money enough to bribe my conscience or to stop its utterance against wrong, and oppression. My conscience is my own -- my creators -- not man's. I shall never sink the rights of mankind to the malice, wrong, or avarice of another's wishes, though those wishes come to me in the relation of client and attorney.
When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.
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.
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets, and that when ballots have fairly and constitutionall y decided there can be no successful appeal back to bullets.
Ready are we all to cry out and ascribe motives when our toes are pinched.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.
And having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts.
Nevertheless, amid the greatest difficulties of my Administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance on God, knowing that all would go well, and that He would decide for the right.
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.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?
Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.
I think that slavery is wrong, morally, socially 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.
Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed. They always have been, they always will be beaten.
A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.
If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first six sharpening my axe.
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.
Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other right.
Thus let bygones be bygones. Let past differences, as nothing be.
These men ask for just the same thing: fairness, and fairness only. This is, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
Never change horses in midstream.
I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
You are green, it is true; but they are green also. You are all green alike.
Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung.
I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.
Standing as I do, with my hand upon this staff, and under the folds of the American flag, I ask you to stand by me so long as I stand by it.
The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves -- in their separate, and individual capacities.
The political horizon looks dark and lowering; but the people, under Providence, will set all right.
With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
All I have learned, I learned from books.
Writing the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye is the great invention of the world.
My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not to either save or destroy Slavery.
My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.
Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.
The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.
Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.
Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.
People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible, except with the passing of time.
In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once.
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.
I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.
And I am glad to know that there is a system of labor -- where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.
Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.
When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.'
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.
I am busily engaged in study of the Bible.
How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg.
Illinois surpasses every other spot of equal extent upon the face of the globe in fertility of soil and in the proportionable amount of the same which is sufficiently level for actual cultivation.
I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.
Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men.
The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.
It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination.
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.
Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail.
I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I dont believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
A new book is like a friend that I have yet to meet.
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.
Elections belong to the people.
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.
The struggle of today is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also.
I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the sky and say there is no God.
Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream.
When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government -- that is despotism.
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
Life is hard but so very beautiful.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
There may sometimes be ungenerous attempts to keep a young man down; and they will succeed, too, if he allows his mind to be diverted from its true channel to brood over the attempted injury.
You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
He who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.
When you lack interest in the case the job will very likely lack skill and diligence in the performance.
Without Divine assistance I can not succeed; with it I can not fail.
This human struggle and scramble for office, for a way to live without work, will finally test the strength of our institutions.
I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came.
Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free -- honorable alike in that we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.
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.
Two principles have stood face-to-face from the beginning of time; and they will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings.
It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws, but to break up both and make new ones.
Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest.
If you love something, set it free.
It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence.
The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.
I am in favor of a national bank...in favor of the internal improvements system and a high protective tariff.
One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended.
Military glory the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
Military glory-that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood-that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy.
You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Again, a law may be both constitutional and expedient, and yet may be administered in an unjust and unfair way.
If people see the Capitol going on, it is a sign we intend the Union shall go on.
The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
The eyes of that species of extinct giant, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara as our eyes do now.
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity.
The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. What one of us but can call to mind some relative more promising in youth than all his fellows, who has fallen a sacrifice to his rapacity?
Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak, and as strong; as silly and as wise; asbad and good.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
The US patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things.
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.
The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man's course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle.
Tis better people think you a fool, then open your mouth and erase all doubt.
Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice.
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.
We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.
There's nothing good in war. Except its ending.
I have always hated slavery, I think as much as any Abolitionist.
If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it.
Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No--when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
If frienship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.
A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home.
I can make a General in five minutes, but a good horse is hard to replace.
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path ... It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts for distinction.
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them when they are invaded.
Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.
If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.