America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
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.
I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
DOB - February 12, 1809