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

— General Robert E. Lee

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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.


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


Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.


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


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.


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.


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


The devil's name is dullness.


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


There is nothing left for me to do but to go and see General Grant and I would rather die a thousand deaths.


Let the tent be struck.


Private and public life are subject to the same rules;

and truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better than policy, or tact, or expediency, or any other word that was ever devised to conceal or mystify a deviation from the straight line.


About General Robert E. Lee

Quotes 19 sayings
Birthday October 16

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 themthe desire to do rightis precisely the same.


My experiences of men has neither disposed me to think worse of them nor be indisposed to serve them: nor, in spite of failures which I lament, of errors which I now see and acknowledge, or the present aspect of affairs, do I despair of the future. The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress 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.


I am of the opinion that all who can should vote for the most intelligent, honest, and conscientious men eligible to office, irrespective of former party opinions, who will endeavour to make the new constitutions and the laws passed under them as beneficial as possible to the true interests, prosperity, and liberty of all classes and conditions of the people.


We have fought this fight as long, and as well as we know how.

We have been defeated. For us as a Christian people, there is now but one course to pursue. We must accept the situation.


Still 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.


Duty is the most sublime word in our language.

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