Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another but let him work diligently and build one for himself thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
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.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said ‘Truth is the daughter of Time.’
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens you can never regain their respect and esteem.
I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
I was losing interest in politics when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
No matter how much cats fight there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
I can make more generals but horses cost money.