One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.— James K. Polk
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There are four great measures for my administration - a reduction of tariff, an independent treasury, settlement of the Oregon boundary and acquisition of California.
No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.
Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state.
All distinctions of birth or of rank have been abolished.
All citizens, whether native or adopted, are placed upon terms of precise equality. All are entitled to equal rights and equal protection.
Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.
It is confidently believed that our system may be safely extended to the utmost bounds of our territorial limits.
If a man . . . would shake and not be shaken, grip and not be gripped, taking care always to squeeze the hand of his adversary as hard as it squeezed him, then he suffered no inconvenience from it.
Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.
The gratitude ... should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy.
There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S.
The Constitution itself, plainly written as it is, the safeguard of our federative compact, the offspring of concession and compromise, binding together in the bonds of peace and union this great and increasing family of free and independent States, will be the chart by which I shall be directed.
Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government.
Under the benignant providence of Almighty God the representatives of the States and of the people are again brought together to deliberate for the public good.
When I observed a strong man approaching I generally took advantage of him by being a little quicker than he was and seizing him by the tip of the fingers, giving him a hearty shake, and thus preventing him from getting a full grip upon me.
Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between Church and State, and that in my action as President of the United States I recognized no distinction of creeds in my appointments office.
The Presidency is not a bed of roses.
General Taylor is, I have no doubt, a well-meaning old man.
He is, however, uneducated, exceedingly ignorant of public affairs, and I should judge, of very ordinary capacity.
I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.
No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. If he entrusts the details and smaller matters to subordinates constant errors will occur. I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government myself rather than entrust the public business to subordinates, and this makes my duties very great.
Under the benignant providence of Almighty God the representatives of the States and of the people are again brought together to deliberate for the public good. The gratitude of the nation to the sovereign arbiter of all human events should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy. Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
No union exists between church and state, and perfect freedom of opinion is guaranteed to all sects and creeds.
I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close.
I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign.
It becomes us in humility to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored.
Although... the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States.
We must ever mandate the principle that the people of this continent alone have the right to decide their own destiny.
Public opinion: May it always perform one of its appropriate offices, by teaching the public functionaries of the State and of the Federal Government, that neither shall assume the exercise of powers entrusted by the Constitution to the other.
Well may the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country's peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family.
The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
The passion for office among members of Congress is very great, if not absolutely disreputable, and greatly embarrasses the operations of the Government. They create offices by their own votes and then seek to fill them themselves.
I cannot, whilst President of the United States, descend to enter into a newspaper controversy.