1. The best way to predict your future is to create it.
2. The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
3. It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.
4. Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
5. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
6. My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
7. People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
8. Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
9. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
10. Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy.
11. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
12. It’s my experience that folks who have no vices have generally very few virtues.
13. That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
14. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
15. My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
16. Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.
17. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
18. Nobody has ever expected me to be president. In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting.
19. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares.
20. Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.
21. I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.
22. Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.
23. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.
24. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubts.
25. Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.