Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's 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 assertion that "all men are created equal" was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.
Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.
I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.