If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
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.
It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.
The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.
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.
The assertion that 'all men are created equal' was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.
These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.