The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.Wyndham Lewis
- The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.
- The American Conflict, A History of the Great Rebellion (1864)
- The masses of our countrymen, North and South, are eager to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has so long divided them.
- Acceptance of Liberal Republican nomination as President (May 29, 1872)
- The Republic needed to be passed through chastening, purifying fires of adversity and suffering: so these came and did their work and the verdure of a new national life springs greenly, luxuriantly, from their ashes.
- Greeley on Lincoln, ed. Joel Benton, pp. 78–79 (1893)
- A widow of doubtful age will marry almost any sort of a white man.
- Letter to Dr. Rufus Wilmot Griswold.
- I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers; what I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
- If Uncle Sam should ever sell that tract for one cent per acre, he will swindle the purchaser outrageously.
- About land in Utah
- Go west, young man, and grow up with the country.
- John L. Soule, Terre Haute Express (1851)