The future inhabitants of [both] the atlantic and mississippi states will be our sons. we think we see their happiness in their union, and we wish it. events may prove otherwise; and if they see their interest in separating why should we take sides? god bless them both, and keep them in union if it be for their good, but separate them if it be better.
I was raised to believe that you had to do things better than white people in order to succeed. The old black shows were better than the white shows. "the jeffersons" (1975) was a lot better. "good times" (1974) was way funnier. "sanford and son" (1972). Now, though, everyone thinks we're equal, so we submit the same shit that everyone else submits. And then we get mad when they won't air it. You got to go back to the old attitude of it has to be twice as good.
When i left springfield [to become president] i asked the people to pray for me. I was not a christian. When i buried my son, the severest trial of my life, i was not a christian. But when i went to gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, i then and there consecrated myself to christ.
I am amazed at the seeker of purity when time for polishing comes complaints of harsh treatment love is a lawsuit without evidence, you will not win my son, when one beats the rug the beating is not intended against the rug but against the dust inside the rug my son, that harsh treatment is not intended against you but against the ill qualities inside you
Debt, grinding debt, whose iron face the widow, the orphan, and the sons of genius fear and hate; debt, which consumes so much time, which so cripples and disheartens a great spirit with cares that seem so base, is a preceptor whose lessons cannot be foregone, and is needed most by those who suffer from it most.