Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
I can make more generals, but horses cost money.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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.
When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
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.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.