Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words:
‘And this, too, shall pass away.’
How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
All from Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – 1865