If blacks were given the right to vote, that would place every splay-footed, bandy-shanked, hump-backed, thick-lipped, flat-nosed, woolly-headed, ebon-colored in the country upon an equality with the poor white man.

— Andrew Johnson

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When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country.


Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects.


The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.


Washington, DC is 12 square miles bordered by reality.


It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word.


Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: 'Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,' and exclaim, 'Christ first, our country next!'


Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.


Whenever you hear a man prating about the Constitution, spot him as a traitor.


Legislation can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied interests.


If the rabble were lopped off at one end and the aristocrats at the other, all would be well with the country.


It is our sacred duty to transmit unimpaired to our posterity the blessings of liberty which were bequeathed to us by the founders of the Republic.


My right side is paralyzed. I need no doctor. I can overcome my own troubles.


About Andrew Johnson

Quotes 36 sayings
Nationality American
Profession President
Birthday October 16

The homestead policy was established only after long and earnest resistance;

experience proves its wisdom. The lands in the hands of industrious settlers, whose labor creates wealth and contributes to the public resources, are worth more to the United States than if they had been reserved as a solitude for future purchasers.


For myself, I care not whether treason be committed North or South;

he that is guilty of treason is entitled to a traitor's fate!


I hold it the duty of the executive to insist upon frugality in the expenditure, and a sparing economy is itself a great national source.


I have reached the summit of my ambition.


I am sworn to uphold the Constitution as Andy Johnson understands it and interprets it.


Notwithstanding a mendacious press; notwithstanding a subsidized gang of hirelings who have not ceased to traduce me, I have discharged all my official duties and fulfilled my pledges. And I say here tonight that if my predecessor had lived, the vials of wrath would have poured out upon him.


If I am shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet.


Let them impeach and be damned.


I never thought I would be impeached.


Duties have been mine; consequences are God's.


The enactment of the Homestead Act would create the strongest tie between the citizen and the Government-he would with cheerfulness contribute his proportionable part of the taxes to defray the expenses of the political system under which he lived.


There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws.


I tell our sisters in the South that so far as Tennessee is concerned she will not be dragged into a Southern or any other confederacy until she has had time to consider; and then she will go when she believes it to be her interest, and not before.


If you always support the correct principles then you will never get the wrong results!


I realized, there are people out there who can beat me, want to beat me.

And unless I continue to innovate and evolve, I am going to learn a painful lesson from someone who has.


I have performed my duty to my God, my country, and my family.

I have nothing to fear in approaching death. To me it is the mere shadow of God's protecting wing . . . Here I will rest in quiet and peace beyond the reach of calumny's poisoned shaft, the influence of envy and jealous enemies, where treason and traitors or State backsliders and hypocrites in church can have no peace.


Who, then, will govern? The answer must be, Man - for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs.


Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North.


I have lived among negroes, all my life, and I am for this Government with slavery under the Constitution as it is. I am for the Government of my fathers with negroes. I am for it without negroes. Before I would see this Government destroyed I would send every negro back to Africa, disintegrated and blotted out of space


I have been almost overwhelmed by the announcement of the sad event [Lincoln's assassination] which has so recently occurred. I feel incompetent to perform duties so important and responsible as those which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me.


I feel incompetent to perform duties... which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me.


Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.


The life of a republic lies certainly in the energy, virtue, and intelligence of its citizens.