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.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
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 by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
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.
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.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion,and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
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.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
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.
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.
I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.
That I am not a member of any Christian church is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures, and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.
A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.
The man who could go to Africa and rob her of her children, and then sell them into interminable bondage, with no other motive than that which is furnished by dollars and cents, is so much worse than the most depraved murderer that he can never receive pardon at my hand.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
Four score 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.
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.
With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
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.
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.