“Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.”
"You must study to be frank with the world: frankness is the child of honesty and courage."
" I trust that a kind Providence will watch over us, and notwithstanding our weakness and sins will yet give us a name and place among the nations of the earth."
"If the Constitution and the Union established by our forefathers" were "restored" then there will be no truer supporters of that union and that Constitution than the Southern people. Every brave people who considered their rights attacked and their Constitutional liberties invaded, would have done as we did. Our conduct was not caused by any insurrectionary spirit nor can it be termed rebellion, for our construction of the Constitution under which we lived and acted was the same from its adoption and for eighty years we have been taught and educated by the founders of the Republic and their written declaration which controlled our consciences and actions."
"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today."
"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength."
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