“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
“Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed.
“He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.
“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.
“Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
“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.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
“Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
“The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he makes so many of them.
“That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)
“You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here.
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