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" Among the friends of Union, there is great diversity of sentiment and of policy in regard to slavery and the African race among us. "
" Everybody likes a compliment. "
" Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. "
" Some day I shall be President. "
" Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. "
" Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature - opposition to it is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. "
" The legal right of the Southern people to reclaim their fugitives I have constantly admitted. The legal right of Congress to interfere with their institution in the states, I have constantly denied. "
" Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States - old as well as new - North as well as South. "
" 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. "
" The ballot is stronger than the bullet. "
" 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. "
" Sir, 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. "
" Whether slavery shall go into Nebraska, or other new territories, is not a matter of exclusive concern to the people who may go there. The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories. We want them for the homes of free white people. "
" My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families - second families, perhaps I should say. "
" I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. "
" Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. "
" For my part, I desire to see the time when education - and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry - shall become much more general than at present, and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate the happy period. "
" A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. "
" Don't swap horses in crossing a stream. "
" 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. "
" There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. "
" Knavery and flattery are blood relations. "
" A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. "
" I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others. "
" There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.' "
" 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. "
" The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them. "
" I have always hated slavery, I think, as much as any abolitionist. I have been an Old Line Whig. I have always hated it, but I have always been quiet about it until this new era of the introduction of the Nebraska Bill began. "
" I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. "
" 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 don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. "