- The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.
- The masses of our countrymen, North and South, are eager to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has so long divided them.
- The Republic needed to be passed through chastening, purifying fires of adversity and suffering: so these came and did their work and the verdure of a new national life springs greenly, luxuriantly, from their ashes.
- A widow of doubtful age will marry almost any sort of a white man.
- I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers; what I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
- If Uncle Sam should ever sell that tract for one cent per acre, he will swindle the purchaser outrageously.
- Go west, young man, and grow up with the country.