“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
“I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false is guilty of falsehood, and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him.
“If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
“People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
“Those who would deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.
“I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...We here highly resolve that the 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, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
“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.
16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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