Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870) was an American general known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. 

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

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

Let the tent be struck.

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.

This war is not about slavery.

We must expect reverses even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence to call forth greater energies and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.

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.

I think it better to do right even if we suffer in so doing than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.

I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness that our only hope is in God.

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

It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.

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.

It is good that war is so horrible or we might grow to like it.

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

Whiskey - I like it I always did and that is the reason I never use it.

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

My chief concern is to try to be an humble earnest Christian.

The devil's name is dullness.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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