Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature opposition to it is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.
A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
The man who could go to Africa and rob her of her children, and then sell them into interminable bondage, with no other motive than that which is furnished by dollars and cents, is so much worse than the most depraved murderer that he can never receive pardon at my hand.
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.