There has never been but one question in all civilization-how to keep a few men from saying to many men: You work and earn bread and we will eat it.
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I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in.
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.
How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg.
I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.
Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
He who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.