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Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be
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And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years
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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power


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Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
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When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion
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You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time
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The best way to predict your future is to create it
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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.
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I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.
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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
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With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in
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I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
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Whatever you are, be a good one.
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Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who know me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower when I thought a flower would grow
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A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other
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You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today
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The ballot is stronger than the bullet
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What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without the other's consent
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The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me
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Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.
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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.
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Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
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No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
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The severest justice may not always be the best policy.
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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy
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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right — stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong
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I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
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Perhaps a man's character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away
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It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for the liberties of its people, can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies
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It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth
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No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.
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In times like the present men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity.
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No men living are more worthy to be trusted than those who toil up from poverty.
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We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature
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I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being, who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and remain with you and be every where for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.
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I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.
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Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
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Only those generals who gain successes, can set up dictators
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In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares
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Yet in all our rejoicing let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling towards any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.
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I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.
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I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind; and therefore, without entering upon the details of the question, I will simply say, that I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.
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Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.
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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.
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With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently he who moulds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.
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If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
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Little by little, but steadily as man's march to the grave, we have been giving up the OLD for the NEW faith. Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a “sacred right of self-government.” These principles can not stand together.
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Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature — opposition to it, in his love of justice.
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Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere.
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The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
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Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
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The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good.
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The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good.