My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
I can express all my views on the slavery question by quotations from Henry Clay.
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 Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents of this, as philosophy to learn wisdom from.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self-control.
I am rather inclined to silence.
Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged....