Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
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.
Public opinion in this country is everything.
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
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.
I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
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.
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he makes so many of them.
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.
Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
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.
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.
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
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.
The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.