Robert E. Lee Quotes

Robert E. Lee Quotes

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

We 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

 

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

 

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

 

Keep steady in the view of the great principles for which you contend. The safety of your homes and the lives of all you hold dear depend upon your courage and exertions. Let each man resolve to be victorious, and that the right of self-government, liberty and peace shall find him a defender.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Duty is the sublimest work in the English language.

 

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

 

We must look to the rising generation for the restoration of the country.

 

We cannot afford to be idle, and though weaker than our opponents in men and military equipment, must endeavor to harass if we cannot destroy them.

 

The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forbearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.

 

A Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me.

 

We must enlist our own snake and strike like a cobra against their vitals with an attack on Washington.

 

Death, in its silent sure march, is fast gathering those whom I have longest loved so that when he shall knock at my door, I will more willingly follow.

 

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 relative, my children, my home. I have, therefore, resigned my commission in the Army…

 

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.

 

We must…submit ourselves in adversity to the will of a merciful God as cheerfully as in prosperity.

 

I am as willing to serve now as in the beginning in any capacity and at any post where I can do good. The lower the position, the more suitable to my ability and the more agreeable to my feelings.

 

Alabama soldiers, all I ask of you is to keep up with the Texans!

 

I have thought from the time of the cessation of the hostilities, that silence and patience on the part of the South was the true course; and I think so still. The controversy of all kinds will, in my opinion, only serve to continue excitement and passion, and will prevent the public mind from the acknowledgment and acceptance of the truth.

 

I have never witnessed on any previous occasion such entire disregard of the usage of civilized warfare and the dictates of humanity.

It is glorious to see such courage in one so young.

Live in the world you inhabit. Look upon things as they are. Take them as you find them. Make the best of them. Turn them to your advantage.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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