Robert E. Lee Quotations

Robert E. Lee

Cut it down, my dear madam, and forget it. (In response to a Confederate woman who sought commiseration about teh damage done to a once-magnificient tree)

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

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.

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

[T]he safety of your homes and the lives of all you hold dear depend upon your courage and exertions. Let each man resolve to be victorious, and that the right of self-government, liberty, and peace shall find him a defender.

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

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 relatives, my children and my home. I have, therefore, resigned my commission in the army, and save in defense of my native state...I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword.