In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
In my view of the present aspect of affairs, there is no need of bloodshed and war. There is no necessity for it. I am not in favor of such a course, and I may say in advance, there will be no blood shed unless it be forced upon the government. The government will not use force unless force is used against it.
I go to assume a task more difficult than that which devolved upon Washington. Unless the great God, who assisted him, shall be with me and aid me, I must fail; but if the same omniscient mind and almighty arm that directed and protected him shall guide and support me, I shall not fail - I shall succeed.
Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States - old as well as new - North as well as South.