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Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
Let him who elevates himself above humanity . . . say, if he pleases, "I will never compromise"; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromise.
An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer.
It is better to fall short of a high mark than to reach a low one.
Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.
I cannot believe that the killing of 2,000 Englishmen at New Orleans qualifies a person for the various difficult and complicated duties of the Presidency.
All legislation is founded upon the principle of mutual concession.
Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All, separated from government, are compatible with liberty.
I have heard something said about allegiance to the South. I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance.
How often are we forced to charge fortune with partiality towards the unjust!
I always have had, and always shall have, a profound regard for Christianity, the religion of my fathers, and for its rights, its usages and observances.
I have no commiseration for princes. My sympathies are reserved for the great mass of mankind ….
The gentleman cannot have forgotten his own sentiment, uttered even on the floor of this House, Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.
Not prayer without faith, nor faith without prayer, but prayer in faith, is the cost of spiritual gifts and graces.
The moment you accept God's ordering, that moment your work ceases to be a task, and becomes your calling; you pass from bondage to freedom, from the shadow-land of life into life itself.
A nation's character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common patrimony, the nation's inheritance. They awe foreign powers, they arouse and animate our own people.
I had rather be right than be President.
Value friendship for what there is in it, not for what can be gotten out of it.
A loving trust in the Author of the Bible is the best preparation for a wise study of the Bible.
Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.
Political parties serve to keep each other in check, one keenly watching the other.
If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean.
A man must be a born fool who voluntarily engages in controversy with Mr. Adams on a question of fact. I doubt whether he was ever mistaken in his life.
There is no power like oratory. Caesar controlled men by exciting their fears, Cicero by . . . swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished; that of the other continues to this day.
Honor and good faith and justice are equally due from this country toward the weak as toward the strong.
It is not an easy thing for a parent of today to bear always in mind that every child of his is as truly an individual as he was when he was a child.
An over-readiness to criticise or to depreciate a minister of Christ is proof of a lack of devotion to Christ.
No parent ought to punish a child except with a view to the child's good. And in order to do good to a child through his punishment, a parent must religiously refrain from punishing him while angry.
If a man is unable to find the way to Jesus, he ought to be led. It is good work this bringing the blind to Him who alone can give them sight.
Friendship by its very nature consists in loving, rather than in being loved.
I'd rather be right than President.
Conscience tells us that we ought to do right, but it does not tell us what right is - that we are taught by God's word.
Jesus has never slept for an hour while one of His disciples watched and prayed in agony.
He who knows how to teach a child is not competent for the oversight of a child's education unless he also knows how to train a child.
All that any of us has to do in this world is his simple duty
Just as sure as the days go by, Jesus will come to us, looking for fruit; and He will come in personal hunger, needing and longing for the fruit which we might have ready for Him.
Government is a trust and the officers of the government are trustees and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
Statistics are no substitute for judgement.
Sir, I had rather be right than to be President.
Political parties serve to keep each other in check one keenly watching the other.
Their disappearance from the human family would be no great loss to the world.
I would rather be right than President.
Sir I would rather be right than be President.
Sir, I would rather be right than to be President.