Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
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.
He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
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 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.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man-this race and that race and the other race beinginferior, and therefore they must be placed in and inferior position...Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
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.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."
To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.
We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
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.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
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 world we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
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.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States 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 money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes."
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching. It unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country... the Money Power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign"' by working upon the prejudices of the people, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war."
-Abraham Lincoln,- In a letter written to William Elkin just after the passage of the National Banking Act of 1863 and less than five months before he was assassinated.