Abraham Lincoln

Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other right.

speech to Congress, Dec. 3, 1861


Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

letter to H.L. Pierce, Apr. 6, 1859


A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism.

First Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1861


I never encourage deceit, and falsehood, especially if you have got a bad memory, is the worst enemy a fellow can have. The fact is truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.

letter to George E. Pickett, Feb. 22, 1841


Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan


Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest amongst us are held out the highest privileges and positions.

August 31, 1864 Speech to 148th Ohio Regiment


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.

November 5, 1855 Letter to Isham Reavis


You cannot fail, if you resolutely determine that you will not.

July 22, 1860 Letter to George Latham


Men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.

December 1, 1862 Message to Congress


I have understood well that the duty of self-preservation rests solely with the American people.

January 19, 1863 Letter to the Workingmen of England


An inspection of the Constitution will show that the right of property in a slave in not "distinctly and expressly affirmed" in it.

February 27, 1860 Speech at the Cooper Institute


I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else.

March 6, 1860 Speech at New Haven, Connecticut