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" I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. "
" 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. "
" 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 philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. "
" 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. "
" It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. "
" Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible. "
" It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles - the oppression of tyranny - to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them. "
" No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained. "
" 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. "
" I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. "
" 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. "
" Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. "
" Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. "
" These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. "
" It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws, but to break up both and make new ones. "
" I am like a man so busy in letting rooms in one end of his house, that he can't stop to put out the fire that is burning the other. "
" With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. "
" 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. "
" If you think you can slander a woman into loving you, or a man into voting for you, try it till you are satisfied. "
" Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. "
" You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. "
" Repeal the Missouri Compromise - repeal all compromises - repeal the Declaration of Independence - repeal all past history, you still cannot repeal human nature. It will be the abundance of man's heart that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak. "
" As our case is new, we must think and act anew. "
" When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. "
" When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run. "
" In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. "
" I have said a hundred times, and I have no inclination to take it back, that I believe there is no right, and ought to be no inclination in the people of the free States to enter into the slave States, and to interfere with the question of slavery at all. I have said that always. "