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I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground. (reply to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fledgling to its nest.)

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You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
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I had been told I was on the road to hell, but I had no idea it was just a mile down the road with a dome on it.
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When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one.
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I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
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If elected I shall be thankful if not, it will be all the same.
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All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
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