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Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him 
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The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never
suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
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To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.
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I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one
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Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.
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Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
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No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kitten.
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A man who denies to other men equality of rights is hardly worthy of freedom; but I would
give even to him all the rights which I claim for myself.
I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned. My mind is like a piece of
steel, very hard to scratch anything on it and almost impossible after you get it there to rub
it out.
If all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of government.
Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by
declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created
equal, except negroes." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country
where they make no pretense of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance, where despotism can
be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
With all the fearful strain that is upon me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
It is my pleasure that my children are free, happy and unrestrained by parental tyranny.
Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent.
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Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from
that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave
others is a "sacred right of self-government." These principles cannot stand together. They
are as opposite as God and Mammon; and whoever holds to the one must despise the other.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary
to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems
it necessary for such purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of
feeling. But I must say that I have a great respect for the simicolon; it's a very useful little
When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself
and also governs another man, that is more than self-government - that is despotism.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no
where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me insufficient for that day.
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Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds
that he was an orphan.
You can better succeed with the ballot. You can peaceably then redeem the government and
preserve the liberties of mankind through your votes and voice and moral influence... Let
there be peace. Revolutionize throught he ballot box and restore the government once more
to the affections and hearts of men by making it express, as it was intended to do, the
highest spirit of justice and liberty.
Abraham Lincoln, Speech to Springfield abolitionists
I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist,
but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.
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