Quotes with native
With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling and loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State -- with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be used -- I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword.
On resigning his commission (1861). He was soon appointed to the Virginia Militia and later headed the Confederate Army.
If Virginia stands by the old Union, so will I. But if she secedes,... then I will follow my native state with my sword and, if need be, with my life.
Before Virginia joined the Confederacy (1861).
Thousands of men of great native ability have been lost to the world because they have not had to wrestle with obstacles, and to struggle under difficulties sufficient to stimulate into activity their dormant powers. No effort is too dear which helps us along the line of our proper career.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Because they marched, America became more free and more fair, not just for African-Americans but for women and Latinos, Asians and Native Americans, for Catholics, Jews and Muslims, for gays, for Americans with disabilities. America changed for you and for me.
Speech on the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington (August 28, 2013)
I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from [the Native Americans].... Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
Interview with Playboy, May 1971