The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him
Most folk are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.
The plainest print cannot be read through a gold eagle.
Our defence is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.
My old father used to have a saying: If you make a bad bargain, hug it all the tighter.
The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.
We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.
Many free countries have lost their liberty, and ours may lose hers; but if she shall, be it my proudest plume, not that I was the last to desert, but that I never deserted her.
Let use have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.