'I have no other goal so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed,' said Abraham Lincoln, age 23, in his very first election speech. If they elected him, he would regard it as a favor. If not, 'I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.'
- Abraham Lincoln