quotes and sayings
2 min readMar 28, 2022

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  1. I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.
  2. Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.
  3. The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.
  4. Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.
  5. The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
  6. I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
  7. My failures have been errors in judgment, not of intent.
  8. I suffer the mortification of seeing myself attacked right and left by people at home professing patriotism and love of country who never heard the whistle of a hostile bullet. I pity them and the nation dependent on such for its existence. I am thankful, however that, though such people make a great noise, the masses are not like them.
  9. If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.
  10. If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.
  11. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
  12. I know only two tunes: one of them is ‘Yankee Doodle’, and the other isn’t.
  13. I have nothing to do with opinions. I deal only with armed rebellion and its aiders and abettors.
  14. Let us have peace.
  15. It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training.
  16. I would suggest the taxation of all property equally, whether church or corporation, exempting only the last resting place of the dead and possibly, with proper restrictions, church edifices.
  17. Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.
  18. I have made it a rule of my life to trust a man long after other people gave him up, but I don’t see how I can ever trust any human being again.
  19. I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.
  20. In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.

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