From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.
If you want to be free, there is but one way it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.
Ideals are like stars you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.
Consider: if you incorporate those tropical countries with the Republic of the United States, you will have to incorporate their people too
Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.
Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.
My country right or wrong; when right, to keep her right; when wrong, to put her right.
The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.
I will make a prophecy that may now sound peculiar. In fifty years Lincoln's name will be inscribed close to Washington's on this Republic's roll of honor.
The Senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, My country, right or wrong. In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
We have come to a point where it is loyalty to resist, and treason to submit.