Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.
Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it.
Discipline is the soul of an army.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the week, and esteem to all.
Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.
Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do -- then do it with all your strength.
Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.
Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains taken to bring it to light.
I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.
It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.
It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,. to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits , and humbly to implore his protection and favor... beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed.
The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants.
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.
Be courteous to all but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
A hundred thousand men, coming one after another, cannot move a Ton weight; but the united strength of 50 would transport it with ease.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Experience has taught us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession, and when the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.
I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it -- but there is only one proper and effectual mode by which it can be accomplished, and that is by Legislative authority: and this, as far as my suffrage will go, shall never be wanting.
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.
Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
War -- An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.
Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.