A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Love is the chain whereby to lock a child to its parent.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.
No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, .....
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves – in their separate, and individual capacities.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening The Axe.
Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.
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.
My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.
It's not me who can't keep A Secret. It's the people I tell that can't.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition... I have no other so great as that of being truely esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with Your Failure.
Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction ... nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as .....
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.