Posted in History

Quotes from General Lee and General Grant

In celebration of the anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox earlier this month, I thought we’d take a look at some famous quotes from both generals. You could certainly spend all day reading the various quotes from each man. There was so much that I wanted to share. Words on army life, each other, honor, life, God, country, etc. But I chose to keep it short and sweet. Enjoy!

244Robert E. Lee:

“I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.”

“It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it.”

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

“The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.”

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

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

2015_0413Appomattox1020

*I picked up these mugs in Virginia three years ago. I love the quotes and the graphics. The front side shows a picture of the general. But what I love most are the signatures. The one on the left is Grant and the right belongs to Lee. 

243

Ulysses S. Grant:

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

“My failures have been errors in judgment, not of intent.”

“I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.”

“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

“I know only two tunes: one of them is ‘Yankee Doodle’, and the other isn’t.”

“I don’t know why black skin may not cover a true heart as well as a white one.”

I hope you enjoyed this small sampling of both men. Let me know which quote was your favorite or any that surprised or inspired you. 

Advertisements
Posted in History

The Wise Words of Mark Twain

5In celebration of Mark Twain’s birthday (November 30, 1835), we’re going to take a look at some of my favorite Twain quotes. Whether you love his work or hate it you’d have to admit, the man had some wise and witty things to say. 

“Comparison is the death of joy.”

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, you should pause and reflect.”

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” *Personal note: This quote sits on my desk. 🙂

“Never try to teach a pig to sing. You waste your time and you annoy the pig.”

“Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.”

“Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

“Sucess is going from failure to failure with enthusiasm.”

“In the long run always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

“The only place where ‘success’ comes before ‘work’ is in the dictionary.”

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t.”

“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

I’d love to hear back from you. Did you find a new favorite quote?