If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that….I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty, and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men, everywhere, could be free. – Abraham Lincoln

We are without machinery without means and threatened means and threatened by powerful opposition but I do not despond and will not shrink from the task Imposed upon me. – Jefferson Davis

That some achieve great success, Is proof to all that others can achieve It as well. – Abraham Lincoln

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. – Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.