Robert E. Lee Quotes

Our country demands all our strength, all our energies. To resist the powerful combination now forming against us will require every man at his place. If victorious, we will have everything to hope for in the future. If defeated, nothing will be left for us to live for.


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.


I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than the dissolution of the Union. It would be an accumulation of all the evils we complain of, and I am willing to sacrifice everything but honor for its preservation.


I believe it to be the duty of everyone to unite in the restoration of the country and the reestablishment of peace and harmony.


I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness that our only hope is in God.


Our country demands all our strength, all our energies. To resist the powerful combination now forming against us will require every man at his place. If victorious, we will have everything to hope for in the future. If defeated, nothing will be left for us to live for.


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.


“Never do a wrong thing to make a friend–or to keep one.”


“I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.”


“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”


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


“A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.”


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


“There is a true glory and a true honor: the glory of duty done–the honor of the integrity of principle.”


“True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them the desire to do right is precisely the same.”


“All motion is relative. Perhaps it is you who have moved away-by standing still”


“Go home all you boys who fought with me and help build up the shattered fortunes of our old state”


“I can not trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.”


“It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it.”


“The education of a man ( or woman ) is never completed until he dies.”


“I am A man, not a sponge! If god wished a sponge to think, A SPONGE WOULD THINK!”


“It is good that war is so terrible, or we should become too fond of it.”


“I can only say that I am nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation.”


“In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”


“I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it.”


“It is easier to make our wishes conform to our means than to make our means conform to our wishes.”


“Read history, works of truth, not novels and romances”


There is a true glory and a true honor: the glory of duty done–the honor of the integrity of principle.


Duty is the sublimest work in the English language.


As a general principle you should not force young men to do their duty, but let them do it voluntarily and thereby develop their characters.

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