In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age; and he grew up, literally without education.
Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail.
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
My Dear McClellan, if you don’t want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
I am always for the man who wishes to work.
Your good mother tells me you are feeling very badly in your new situation. Allow me to assure you it is a perfect certainty that you will, very soon, feel better – quite happy – if you only stick to the resolution you have taken to procure a military education…. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.
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.
I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.
Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.