Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition
It is my ambition and desire to so administer the affairs of the government while I remain President that if at the end I have lost every other Friend on earth I shall at least have one friend remaining and that one shall be down inside me
I do not allow myself to suppose that either the convention or the League have concluded to decide that I am either the greatest or the best man in America, but rather they have concluded it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river, and ha
Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling
No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a horse have? Four, calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg
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 Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
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.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all
I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in
My earlier views at the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man's course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle
What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.