In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions.
Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.
I have always hated slavery, I think, as much as any abolitionist. I have been an Old Line Whig. I have always hated it, but I have always been quiet about it until this new era of the introduction of the Nebraska Bill began.
I have seen your dispatch expressing your unwillingness to break your hold where you are. Neither am I willing. Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke...
To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all - but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then... find the way.
A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.