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Robert E. Lee Quotes

  • So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained.

  • Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less

  • I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.

  • Whiskey - I like it, I always did, and that is the reason I never use it.

  • My chief concern is to try to be an humble, earnest Christian.

  • Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.

  • It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it.

Picture of Robert E. Lee and Joseph Johnston

Robert E. Lee with Joseph Johnston

  • [W]e made a great mistake in the beginning of our struggle, and I fear, in spite of all we can do, it will prove to be a fatal mistake. We appointed all our worst generals to command our armies, and all our best generals to edit the newspapers

  • [T]here is no more dangerous experiment than that of undertaking to be one thing before a man's face and another behind his back.

  • You must study to be frank with the world: frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted that you mean to do right.

  • With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword...

  •  A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others

  • My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all things are commendable and beneficial, abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health

  • The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He can not only forgive; he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which imparts sufficient strength to let the past be put the past.

  • The education of a man is never completed until he dies.

  • We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.

  • What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.

  • You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire, accomplish anything you set out to accomplish - if you will hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.

  • Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.

  • Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one.

  • They do not know what they say. If it came to a conflict of arms, the war will last at least four years. Northern politicians will not appreciate the determination and pluck of the South, and Southern politicians do not appreciate the numbers, resources, and patient perseverance of the North. Both sides forget that we are all Americans. I foresee that our country will pass through a terrible ordeal, a necessary expiation, perhaps, for our national sins.

  • You cannot be a true man until you learn to obey

  • My trust is in the mercy and wisdom of a kind Providence, who ordereth all things for our good

 

 

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