Writing is the great invention of the world.
Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me.
Without the assistance of that divine being, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him, who can go with me, remain with you and be everywhere for good let us confidently hope that all will yet be well.
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
With the catching ends the pleasures of the chase.
With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
With Malice Towards None.
With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semi-colon; it's a useful little chap.
Why was the amendment, expressly declaring the right of the people to exclude slavery, voted down? Plainly enough now, the adoption of it would have spoiled the niche for the Dred Scott decision.
While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.
Whether slavery shall go into Nebraska, or other new territories, is not a matter of exclusive concern to the people who may go there. The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories. We want them for the homes of free white people.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away. it's best to let him run.
When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?
We think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. We know the court that made it has often overruled its own decisions, and we shall do what we can to have it overrule this.