It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for the liberties of its people, can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies
Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office.
In times like these men should utter nothing for which they would not be willingly responsible through time and in eternity.
Whatever spiteful fools may say, Each jealous ranting yelper, No woman ever went astray, Without a man to help her
He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when sentence was about to be pronounced pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan
The severest justice may not always be the best policy
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.
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.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them
It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.
Military glory - that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be
I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother.
Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice
Public opinion in this country is everything.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
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.
People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be
With the catching ends the pleasure of the chase
A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.
Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men
If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend
Important principles may and must be inflexible.