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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.???
Our popular Government has often been called an experiment.... One [point] still remains--its successful maintenance against a formidable internal attempt to overthrow it.???
...I am reminded, in this connection, of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.???
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.???
Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained.???
Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue.???
We regard every enemy to the institutions of the South, who does not boldly declare that he believes African slavery to be a social, moral, and political blessing.???
We obedience to, and respect for the judicial department of government.... But we think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous.???
The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty.... We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.???
I thought 'Dixie' one of the best tunes I ever heard... I had heard our adversaries over the way had attempted to appropriate it. I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it...???
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We recognize...the inferiority stamped upon that race of men by the Creator, and from the cradle to the grave, our Government, as a civil institution, marks that inferiority.???
If the Confederacy falls, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a theory.???
A government, to afford the needful protection and exercise proper care for the welfare of a people, must have homogeneity in its constituents.???
The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.???
Tradition usually rests upon something which men did know; history is often the manufacture of the mere liar.???
Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better.???
I will admit no bond that holds me to a party a day longer than I agree to its principles.???
What security have you if every man...can find in his own heart a higher law than that which is the rule of society, the Constitution, and the Bible????
Obstacles may retard, but they cannot long prevent, the progress of a movement sanctified by its justice and sustained by a virtuous people.???
Peace is the interest, the policy, the nature of a popular Government. War may bring benefits to a few, but privation and loss are the lot of the many.???
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