Robert E. Lee Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old robert e. lee quotes, robert e. lee sayings, and robert e. lee proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Robert E. Lee

It is easier to make our wishes conform to our means than to make our means conform to our wishes.     

Robert E. Lee

True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them the desire to do right is precisely the same.     

Robert E. Lee

A TRUE MAN OF HONOR FEELS HUMBLED HIMSELF WHEN HE CANNOT HELP HUMBLING OTHERS.     

Robert E. Lee

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

Robert E. Lee

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

Robert E. Lee

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

Robert E. Lee

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

Robert E. Lee

We have only one rule here - to act like a gentleman at all times.     

Robert E. Lee

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

Robert E. Lee

A Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me.     

Robert E. Lee

My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all things are commendable and beneficial, abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health.     

Robert E. Lee

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.     

Robert E. Lee

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

Robert E. Lee

Duty is the sublimest word in the language; you can never do more than your duty; you shall never wish to do less.     

Robert E. Lee

You cannot be a true man until you learn to obey.     

Robert E. Lee

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

Robert E. Lee

The dominant party cannot reign forever, and truth and justice will prevail at last.     

Robert E. Lee

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.     

Robert E. Lee

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.     

Robert E. Lee

Private and public life are subject to the same rules; and truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better than policy, or tact, or expediency, or any other word that was ever devised to conceal or mystify a deviation from the straight line.     

Robert E. Lee

We must...submit ourselves in adversity to the will of a merciful God as cheerfully as in prosperity.     

Robert E. Lee

We should live, act, and say nothing to the injury of anyone. It is not only best as a matter of principle, but it is the path to peace and honor.     

Robert E. Lee

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.     

Robert E. Lee

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.      

Robert E. Lee