Abraham Lincoln: There is nothing more like eternity than a train ride of eleven days, unless it's two people and a ham. Congressman Elihu Washburne: Oh, I'm sure he's split a rail or two in his youth, but he's been a lawyer and a politician ever since. Don't underestimate him Office seeker #1: Mr. Lincoln, I'm a life-long republican from Duchess County.
: Life long? But our party is only six years old! Office seeker #1: That's right, life long! Mary Lincoln: I made my choice on many things when I choose Mr. Lincoln. Col. Elmer Ellsworth: Real war is not for boys, Tad, not that this is going to be a real war. Abraham Lincoln: To run away when someone is shooting guns at you is a sensible reaction, I think it would be my own. Abraham Lincoln: Faced with a battery of guns, I might find myself some nice tree to rest behind. Abraham Lincoln: Do you know what this is, Brother Washburne? Congressman Elihu Washburne: The Army of the Potomac. Abraham Lincoln: No, it is General MacClellen's bodyguard! Robert Lincoln: I know politicians, they don't care how grotesque they are, as long as everyone notices them, like the freaks in Mr. Barnum's Museum. Abraham Lincoln: [about Edward Everett's speech] My God! The man will speak for three hours before I even get to my feet, so I have prepared a short, short speech. [Gettysburg Address] Abraham Lincoln: Molly, if there was any danger to an officer on a generals staff at all, they'd call off the war. Mary Lincoln: Replace him! [MacClellen] Abraham Lincoln: With who? Mary Lincoln: Anybody! Abraham Lincoln: That's the problem, Molly, I can't have anybody, I must have somebody. Abraham Lincoln: I can make a general any time, but horse costs the government 125 dollars Abraham Lincoln: I like Grant, he takes what we give him, and he doesn't ask for the moon. Congressman Elihu Washburne: There is talk of you running for President. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant: Don't want the job. Tell the President he has nothing to fear from me. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant: Well, I do have a certain political ambition after the war, if I survive. I mean to run for mayor of Galena, and if I win, I mean to have the sidewalk fixed up between my house and the depot.