“I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.
“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it the tree is the real thing.
“If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.
“Those who would deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.
“...Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.
“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
“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.
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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