Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.