Abraham Lincoln: Abolishing slavery by constitutional provisions settles the fate for all coming time. Not only of the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come. Two votes stand in its way. These votes must be procured. William Seward: We need two yeses. Three abstentions. Four yeses and one more abstention and the amendment will pass. Abraham Lincoln: You've got a night and a day and a night; several perfectly good hours! Now get the hell out of here and get them! James Ashley: Yes. But how? Abraham Lincoln: Buzzard's guts, man! I am the President of the United States of America! Clothed in immense power! You will procure me these votes.
[giving a speech at a dedication raising the flag] The part assigned to me is to raise the flag which, if there be no fault in the machinery, I will do. And, when up, it shall be for the people to keep it up. That's my speech.