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.
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.
Public opinion in this country is everything.
Offering thanks in the midst of tragedy is an American tradition, ... even during a bloody Civil War.
I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good.
Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward.
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.
So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.
As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes I cannot see you.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
I am for the people of the whole nation doing just as they please in all matter which concern the whole nation for those of each part doing just as they choose in all matters which concern no other part and for each individual doing just as he chooses in all matters which concern nobody else.
I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
I can't spare this man he fights.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Singular indeed the people should be writhing under oppression and injury, and yet not one among them to be found, to raise the voice of complaint
It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity
I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down...
No. The mule has just four legs. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one.
unprecedented decision to incorporate his eminent rivals into his political family, the cabinet, was evidence of an uncanny self-confidence and an indication of what would prove to others a most unexpected greatness.
Remarks at the Monogahela House February 14, 1861 I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.
One is a majority if he is right.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.
Thomas Jefferson - Ronald Reagan - John F. Kennedy - Abraham Lincoln - William Howard Taft - Richard M. Nixon - John Quincy Adams - James A. Garfield - Andrew Johnson - Andrew Jackson