“When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
“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 me.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
“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.
“'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
“I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice.
“If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
“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.
“Find out what whiskey he drinks and send all of my generals a case, if it will get the same results. - in reply to comments about General Grant's drinking problems
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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