I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.
All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
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.
If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
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.
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.
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.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.
I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.