Abraham Lincoln

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”

“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”

“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.”

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”

“People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“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 their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.” [First Inaugural Address, 1861]

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”