• "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."
  • "I can make more generals, but horses cost money."
  • "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."
  • "How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg."
  • "I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause."
  • "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."
  • "I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."
  • "I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."
  • "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
  • "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."