If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
I distrust the wisdom if not the sincerity of friends who would hold my hands while my enemies stab me.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me.
The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Towering genius distains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm.
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
I have borne a laborious, and, in some respects to , a painful part in the contest. Through all, I have neither assailed, nor wrestled with any part of the constitution.
The people - the people - are the rightful masters of both congresses, and courts -- not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.
John Brown's effort was peculiar. It was not a slave insurrection. It was an attempt by white men to get up a revolt among slaves, in which the slaves refused to participate.
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.
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
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.
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.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
Beavers build houses; but they build them in nowise differently, or better now, than they did, five thousand years ago. Ants, and honey-bees, provide food for winter; but just in the same way they did, when Solomon referred the sluggard to them as patterns of prudence. Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.
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.
I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization.
I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
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.
I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal
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 all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just - a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.
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; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. 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.
I would rather be defeated with this expression ('house divided against itself cannot stand') in the speech, and uphold and discuss it before the people, than be victorious without it.
Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game. Kentucky gone, we can not hold Missouri, nor, as I think, Maryland. These all against us, and the job on our hands is too large for us.
The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
The proportions of this rebellion were not for a long time understood. I saw that it involved the greatest difficulties, and would call forth all the powers of the whole country.
In a word, I would not take any risk of being entangled upon the river, like an ox jumped half over a fence, and liable to be torn by dogs, front and rear, without a fair chance to gore one way or kick the other.
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.
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 what light I have.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
No man is poor who has a Godly mother.
I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.