Mr. Blair, I look upon secession as anarchy. If I owned the four millions of slaves in the South, I would sacrifice them all to the Union; but how can I draw my sword upon Virginia, my native State?

— Robert E. Lee

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


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.


The consolidation of the states into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it.


So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished.


I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings. And have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.


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


The enemy never sees the backs of my Texans!


Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans!


What a cruel thing war is... to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors.


Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light.

It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.


Let us pray for ourselves, that we may not lose the word “concern” out of our Christian vocabulary. Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and redeeming love, for moral forces everywhere, for our national leaders. Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice.


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.


About Robert E. Lee

Quotes 136 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Soldier
Birthday October 16

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


Act with a determination not to be turned aside by thoughts of the past and fears of the future.


The dominant party cannot reign forever, and truth and justice will prevail at last.


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


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.


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.


Sir, if you ever presume again to speak disrespectfully of General Grant in my presence, either you or I will sever his connection with this university.


All I ever wanted was a Virginia farm, no end of cream and fresh butter and fried chicken - not one fried chicken, or two, but unlimited fried chicken.


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


We poor sinners need to come back from our wanderings to seek pardon through the all-sufficient merits of our Redeemer. And we need to pray earnestly for the power of the Holy Spirit to give us a precious revival in our hearts and among the unconverted.


What a glorious world Almighty God has given us.

How thankless and ungrateful we are, and how we labor to mar his gifts.


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


What a beautiful world God, in His loving kindness to His creatures, has given us! What a shame that men endowed with reason and knowledge of right should mar His gifts.


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. Controversy of all kinds will, in my opinion, only serve to continue excitement and passion, and will prevent the public mind from the acknowledgement and acceptance of the truth.


There are things in the Old Book which I may not be able to explain, but I fully accept it as the infallible Word of God, and receive its teachings as inspired by the Holy Spirit.


Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language.

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


To be a good soldier, you must love the army.

To be a good commander, you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love.


While we see the Course of the final abolition of human Slavery is onward, & we give it the aid of our prayers & all justifiable means in our power, we must leave the progress as well as the result in his hands who sees the end; who Chooses to work by slow influences; & with whom two thousand years are but as a Single day.


Postal officials say that before Christmas they receive tons of letters written to Santa Claus, but after Christmas how few letters of thanks are sent to him! From childhood onward, human beings seem to be characterized by thanklessness.


I did only what my duty demanded. I could have taken no other course without dishonor.


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


You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.


The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.


The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.


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


You must study to be frank with the world: frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted that you mean to do right.


I would rather die a thousand deaths than surrender.


We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.


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


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.


Life Insurance trusts I consider sacred.

To hazard the property of the dead & to lose the scanty earnings of fathers & husbands, who have toiled & saved that they may leave something to their families deprived of their care & the support of their labour, is to my mind the worst of crimes.


The biggest mistake of my life was taking a military education.


I am now considered such a monster, that I hesitate to darken with my shadow, the doors of those I love, lest I should bring upon them misfortune.


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


You have only always to do what is right.

It will become easier by practice, and you enjoy in the midst of your trials the pleasure of an approving conscience.


Respect is based on Friendship,and friendship is based on love and love is so accidental isn't it ?


But what a cruel thing is war to separate and destroy families and friends.