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The point - the... The point - the power to hurt - of all figures lies in the truthfulness of their application.
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The probability that we... The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
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The shepherd drives the... The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.
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The things I want... The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.
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The time comes upon... The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
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The way for a... 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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There is another old... There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.'
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There is no grievance... There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
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There may sometimes be... There may sometimes be ungenerous attempts to keep a young man down; and they will succeed, too, if he allows his mind to be diverted from its true channel to brood over the attempted injury.
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These capitalists generally act... These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people; and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel.
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These men ask for... These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
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Things may come to... Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
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This country, with its... This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
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Those who deny freedom... Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
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Those who look for... Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
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To give victory to... To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
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To the best of... To the best of my judgment, I have labored for, and not against, the Union. As I have not felt, so I have not expressed any harsh sentiment towards our Southern brethren. I have constantly declared, as I really believed, the only difference between them and us is the difference of circumstances.
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Towering genius disdains a... Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
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True patriotism is better... True patriotism is better than the wrong kind of piety.
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Upon the subject of... Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in.
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Upon the subjects of... Upon the subjects of which I have treated, I have spoken as I have thought. I may be wrong in regard to any or all of them; but, holding it a sound maxim that it is better only sometimes to be right than at all times to be wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them.
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We can succeed only... We can succeed only by concert. It is not, 'Can any of us imagine better,' but, 'Can we all do better?'
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We find ourselves under... We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us.
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We here highly resolve... We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
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We should be too... We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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We the people are... We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
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We think the Dred... We think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. We know the court that made it has often overruled its own decisions, and we shall do what we can to have it overrule this.
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What kills a skunk... What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
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Whatever woman may cast... Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.
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Whatever you are, be... Whatever you are, be a good one.
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When I am getting... When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
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When I do good... When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion.
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When I do good,... When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
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When I get ready... When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.
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When I hear a... When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
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When Southern people tell... When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying.
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When the white man... 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.
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When you have got... When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
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Whenever I hear anyone... Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
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Whether slavery shall go... Whether slavery shall go into Nebraska, or other new territories, is not a matter of exclusive concern to the people who may go there. The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories. We want them for the homes of free white people.
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Why was the amendment,... Why was the amendment, expressly declaring the right of the people to exclude slavery, voted down? Plainly enough now, the adoption of it would have spoiled the niche for the Dred Scott decision.
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With Malice toward none,... With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
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With public sentiment, nothing... With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
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With the fearful strain... With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
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You can fool all... You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
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You can tell the... You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.
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You cannot escape the... You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
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You have to do... You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
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You may think it... You may think it was a very little thing, and in these days it seems to me like a trifle, but it was a most important incident in my life. I could scarcely credit that I, the poor boy, had earned a dollar in less than a day; that by honest work, I had earned a dollar. I was a more hopeful and thoughtful boy from that time.
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