10) “May the Almighty grant that the cause of truth, justice, and humanity, shall in no wise suffer at my hands.” -Letter to Joshua Giddings, 1860.
9) “He who does something at the head of one Regiment, will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.” -Letter to David Hunter, 1861.
8) “Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.” -Letter to George Ramsay, 1861.
7) “In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity. -Annual message to Congress, 1862.
6) “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrail ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” -Annual message to Congress (concluding remarks), 1862.
5) “In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares.” -Letter to Fanny McCullough, 1862.
4) “Let your military measures be strong enough to repel the invader and keep the peace, and not so strong as to unnecessarily harass and persecute the people. -Letter to John M. Schofield, 1863.
3) “Thoughtful men must feel that the fate of civilization upon this continent is involved in the issue of our contest. “ -Letter to John Maclean, 1864.
2) “I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel.” -Letter to Albert Hodges, 1864.
1) “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan…” -Inaugural Address, 1865.