Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
  • Born: March 15, 1767
  • Died: June 8, 1845
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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Andrew Jackson was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of Congress. As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the "common man" against a "corrupt aristocracy" and to preserve the Union.

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Thomas Jefferson I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson President. He is one of the most unfit men I know of for such a place. He has had very little respect for laws and constitutions, and is, in fact, an able military chief. His passions are terrible.
Henry Codman Potter We have exchanged the Washingtonian dignity for the Jeffersonian simplicity, which was in truth only another name for the Jacksonian vulgarity.
William O'Neill Andrew Jackson was tempered, arrogant, violent and a ferocious partisan who introduced the spoils system into government.
Andrew Jackson Equal Rights for All, Special Privileges for None.
Anonymous Freemen cheer the Hickory tree, In storms its boughs have shelter'd thee.
Anonymous The Modern Cincinnatus
Thomas Hart Benton That the said resolve (censuring President Andrew Jackson) be expunged from the journal; and, for that purpose, that the Secretary of the Senate, at such time as the Senate may appoint, shall bring the manuscript journal of the session 1833-1834 into the Senate, and, in the presence of the Senate, draw black lines around the said resolve, and write across the face thereof, in strong letters, the following words: "Expunged by the order of the Senate, this 16th day of January, 1837.
Nicholas Biddle This worthy President thinks that because he has scalped Indians and imprisoned judges, he is to have his own way with the Bank. He is mistaken.
Black Hawk We did not expect to conquer the whites. I took up the hatchet to revenge the injuries which my people could no longer endure. Had I borne them without striking, my people would have said - "Black Hawk is a woman; he is too old to be a chief; he is no Sauk.
Henry Clay The President in the late Executive proceedings in the relation to the public revenue, has assumed upon himself authority and power not conferred by the Constitution and laws, but in derogation of both.
Henry Clay The Senate is no longer a place for any decent man. I am truly sick of Congress.
Henry Clay The Senate has no army, no navy, no patronage, no lucrative offices, nor glittering honors to bestow. Around us there is no swarm of greedy expectants rendering us homage, anticipating our wishes, and ready to execute our commands. How is it with the President [Andrew Jackson]? Is he powerless? He is felt from one extremity to the other of this republic. By means of principles which he has introduced [the spoils system], and innovations which he has made in our institutions, alas! but too much countenanced by Congress and a confiding people, he exercises uncontrolled the power of the state. In one hand he holds the purse and in the other brandishes the sword of the country! Myriads of dependents and partisans scattered over the land are ever ready to sing hosannas to him and to laud to the skies what ever he does. He has swept over the government like a tropical tornado.
David Crockett We shot them like dogs.
Thomas Jefferson I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General [Andrew] Jackson President. He is one of the most unfit men I know for such a place.
William Charles Cole Claiborne The Governor of Louisiana, informed that many individuals implicated in the offences heretofore committed against the United States at Barrataria, express a willingness at the present crisis to enroll themselves and march against the enemy. He does hereby invite them to join the standard of the United States and is authorized to say, should their conduct in the field meet the approbation of the Major General, that that officer will unite with the governor in a request to the president of the United States, to extend to each and every individual, so marching and acting, a free and full pardon.
Louis McLane Eaton has just married his mistress—and the mistress of eleven dozen others!
James Monroe Yes, but I am afraid he well get us into some quarrel.
Jean Laffite I am a stray sheep wishing to come back into the fold.
Anonymous We Don’t Want A Prostitute in the White House
Anonymous Young Hickory
John Quincy Adams … a barbarian who could not write one sentence of grammar.
Rutherford B. Hayes I see more clearly than ever, and I thought I saw before, that congressional life is not the best introduction to the President's house. Great and fully equipped as the general [James Garfield] is, there are embarrassments growing out of his long and brilliant career in Congress, which Jackson and Lincoln, and Grant, and myself, escaped.
Theodore Roosevelt The Jackson-Lincoln Theory of the Presidency: Occasionally great national crises arise which call for immediate and vigorous executive action, and that in such cases it is the duty of the President to act upon the theory that he is the steward of the people and … that he has the legal right to do whatever the needs of the people demand, unless the Constitution or the laws explicitly forbid him to do it..
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... a distrust of the popular will as a safe regulator of political power. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
... the opinion of the Supreme Court ... ought not to control the co-ordinate authorities of this Government. The Congress, the Executive, and the Court, must each be guided by its own opinion of the constitution. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
... we ought as Legislatures to meet with national feelings, and our Legislation ought to be for the general good; and as far as practicable equity & justice to all sections of our country. Legislating & Legislative Process
[Referring to Henry Clay:] Judas of the West Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
[Referring to his successor:] The present imbecile chief. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… a hydra-headed monster eating the flesh of the common man. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… right of retaliatory vengeance Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. Lobbying & Special Interests
A humbug!! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
All preceding experiments for the improvement of the Indians have failed. It seems now to be an established fact that they cannot live in contact with a civilized community and prosper. Minorities & Women
Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission. States. Nations & Nationhood
An act of atrocious piracy having been committed on one of our trading ships by the inhabitants of a settlement on the west coast of Sumatra, a frigate was dispatched with orders to demand satisfaction for the injury if those who committed it should be found to be members of a regular government, capable of maintaining the usual relations with foreign nations; but if, as it was supposed and as they proved to be, they were a band of lawless pirates, to inflict such a chastisement as would deter them and others from like aggressions. This last was done, and the effect has been an increased respect for our flag in those distant seas and additional security for our commerce. Transportation
Any division of the United States through secession of individual States from the Union inevitably must lead to civil wars. War & Peace
As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending. Government ;Management & Managing Government
As the legislature of my state has thought proper to bring my name forward without consulting me, I mean to be silent, and let the people do as seemeth unto them. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
By the Eternal, sir, I never had a second choice in my life. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
By the Eternal, they shall not sleep on our soil. War & Peace
Considering standing armies as dangerous to free governments in time of peace, I shall not seek to enlarge our present establishment, nor disregard that salutary lesson of political experience which teaches that the military should be held subordinate to the civil power. Military & Veterans
Control would be exercised by a few over the political conduct of the many by first acquiring that control over the labor and earnings of the great body of people. Business, Commerce & Finance
Corrupt Bargain Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Distinction in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Disunion by armed force is treason. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Disunion by force is treason. Miscellaneous
Don't I deserve just as much credit for picking out the man who could write it? Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Each secession destroys the unity of a nation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Equal opportunity for all, special privilege for none. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Equal Rights for All, Special Privileges for None. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. Citizenship & Patriotism
Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add… artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society -- the farmers, mechanics, and laborers -- who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Every man who has been in office a few years believes he has a life estate in it. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Every monopoly and all exclusive privileges are granted at the expense of the public. Business, Commerce & Finance
Free from public debt … at peace with all the world Budgets & Budgeting
Gentlemen, I shall be glad to see this mob on Capitol Hill. I will fix their heads on the iron palisades around the square to assist your deliberations. The leaders I will hang as high as Haman to deter forever all attempts to control the legislature of the Congress by intimidation and design. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
He [Henry Clay] is certainly the basest, meanest scoundrel that ever disgraces the image of God—nothing too mean or low for him to condescend to. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am now at the head of two thousand and seventy volunteers, the choicest of our citizens, who go at the call of their country to execute the will of the Government; who have no Constitutional scruples, and if the Government orders, will rejoice at the opportunity of placing the American eagle on the ramparts of Mobile, Pensacola and Fort St. Augustine. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country. Budgets & Budgeting
I am truly wearied with lounging here; doing nothing but feeding on the public funds—we have really done nothing yet beneficial; and for nine weeks has the House of Representatives been engaged debating the Tariff, that could have been as well decided in two. Taxes
I am wearied with public life. I have been accused of acts I never committed, of crimes I never even thought of. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I can not too cordially congratulate Congress and my fellow citizens on the near approach of that memorable and happy event -- the extinction of the public debt of this great and free nation. Budgets & Budgeting
I can say with truth mine is a situation of dignified slavery. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I consider ... the power to annul a law of the United States, assumed by one state, incompatible with the existence of the Union, contradicted expressly by the letter of the Constitution, unauthorized by its spirit, inconsistent with every principle on which it was founded, and destructive of the great object for which it was formed. Legislating & Legislative Process
I could not do otherwise without transcending the limits prescribed by the Constitution for the President and without feeling that I might in some degree disturb the security which religion nowadays enjoys in this country in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government. Religion & God
I deem it my duty again to call your attention to the condition of the District of Columbia. It was doubtless wise in the framers of our Constitution to place the people of this District under the jurisdiction of the General Government, but to accomplish the objects they had in view it is not necessary that this people should be deprived of all the privileges of self-government. Independently of the difficulty of inducing the representatives of distant States to turn their attention to projects of laws which are not of the highest interest to their constituents, they are not individually, nor in Congress collectively, well qualified to legislate over the local concerns of this District. Consequently its interests are much neglected, and the people are almost afraid to present their grievances, lest a body in which they are not represented and which feels little sympathy in their local relations should in its attempt to make laws for them do more harm than good. Intergovernmental Relations
I did not come here to make a cabinet for the ladies of this place [Washington], but for the nation.
I do not dislike your bank any more than all banks. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I have come to protect the city. I will drive the British into the sea or perish in the effort. War & Peace
I have only 2 regrets: that I have not shot Henry Clay or hanged John C. Calhoun. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have the pleasure to inform you that Polk and Dallas are elected and the Republic is safe … I await with resignation the call of my God. Miscellaneous
I hope and trust to meet you in heaven, both black and white—both white and black. Discrimination & Prejudice
I hope to meet you all in Heaven—Black and white. Religion & God ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way: but I am not fit to be President. Leaders & Leadership
I lament that two or three women and children were killed by accident. War & Peace
I mean to retire from public life and spend all my time with you. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I never war against females, and it is only the base and cowardly that do. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I owe to Britain a debt of retaliatory vengeance. Miscellaneous
I would also recommend that the Marine Corps be merged in the artillery or infantry, as the best mode of curing the many defects in its organization. Military & Veterans
If a national debt in considered a national blessing, then we can get on by borrowing. But as I believe it is a natural curse, my vow shall be to pay the national debt, to prevent a moneyed aristocracy from growing up around our administration that must bend to its views, and ultimately destroy the liberty of our country. Budgets & Budgeting
If he lost a leg fighting for his country, that is vote enough for me.
If I had a tit for every one of these pigs to suck at, they would still be my friend. Patronage & Pork Barrel
If one drop of blood be shed there in defiance of the laws of the United States, I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first tree I can find. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
If the Union is once severed, the line of separation will grow wider and wider, and the controversies which are now debated and settled in the halls of legislation will then be tried in fields of battle and determined by the sword. States. Nations & Nationhood
If there is any power in this country greater than the power of the people, we will destroy it. Power
If you have a job in your department that can't be done by a Democrat, then abolish the job. Patronage & Pork Barrel
If you love the woman, and she will have you, marry her. Miscellaneous
If you temporize, you are lost. Leaders & Leadership
In a country where offices are created solely for the benefit of the people no one man has any more intrinsic right to official station than another. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
In a country where offices are created solely for the benefit of the people no one man has any more intrinsic right to official station than another. Offices were not established to give support to particular men at the public expense Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
In a country where offices are created solely for the benefit of the people no one man has any more intrinsic right to official station than another. Offices were not established to give support to particular men at the public expense. No individual wrong is, therefore, done by removal, since neither appointment to nor continuance in office is a matter of right. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society—the farmers, mechanics, and laborers—who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government. Lobbying & Special Interests
Indian emigration should be voluntary, for it would as cruel as unjust to compel the aborigines to abandon the graves of their fathers and seek a home in a distant land. Discrimination & Prejudice
Is a citizen of the United States to remain under the barbarous lash of cruel and unrelenting savages? Minorities & Women
Is Mr. [John Quincy] Adams demented, or is he perversely wicked? Both, I think, and Adams ought to be confined to a hospital. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It is confidently believed that perseverance for a few years in the present policy of the Government will extinguish the Indian title to all lands lying within the States composing our Federal Union… Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
It is my painful duty to state that in one quarter of the United States opposition to the revenue laws has arisen to a height which threatens to thwart their execution, if not to endanger the integrity of the Union. Whatever obstructions may be thrown in the way of the judicial authorities of the General Government, it is hoped they will be able peaceably to overcome them by the prudence of their own officers and the patriotism of the people. Foreign Trade
It is rotation in office that will perpetuate our liberty. Freedom & Liberty
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Lobbying & Special Interests
It was as far as I could send him ..., where he could do the least harm. I would have sent him to the North Pole if we had kept a minister there. Diplomacy & Diplomats
It was not until late in the month of August that I received from the Government directors an official report establishing beyond question that this great and powerful institution had been actively engaged in attempting to influence the elections of the public officers by means of its money…. Not only was the evidence complete as to the past application of the money and power of the bank to electioneering purposes, but that the resolution of the board of directors authorized the same course to be pursued in future… It was established by unquestionable proof that the Bank of the United States was converted into a permanent electioneering engine…. the efforts of the bank to control public opinion … are equally apparent, and, if possible, more objectionable. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It will separate the Indians from immediate contact with settlements of whites; free them from the power of the states; enable them to pursue happiness in their own way and under their own rude institutions; will retard the progress of decay, which is lessening their numbers, and perhaps cause them gradually, under the protection of the government and through the influence of good counsels, to cast off their savage habits and become an interesting, civilized, and Christian community …. To save him from this alternative, or perhaps utter annihilation, the general government kindly offers him a new home, and proposes to pay the whole expense of his removal and settlement. Minorities & Women
It's a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Let it be signified to me through any channel ... that the possession of Florida is desirable to the United States, and in sixty days it will be accomplished. [It was.] Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Let The People Rule Slogans & Mottoes
Let us take Texas now and lock the door against future danger Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Mere precedent is a dangerous source of authority. Management & Managing Government
My only two regrets in public life is that I did not hang John C. Calhoun and shoot Henry Clay. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
No one man has any more intrinsic right to official station than another .... The duties of all public officers are ... so plain and simple that men of intelligence may readily qualify themselves for their performance.
One man with courage makes a majority. Leaders & Leadership
Our Constitution does not contain the absurdity of giving power to make laws and another to resist them.... The Father of His Country [George Washington] did not affix his revered name to so palpable an absurdity. Nor did the states, when they severally ratified it, do so under the impression that a veto on the laws of the United States was reserved to them or that they could exercise it by implication. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Our Federal Union! It must and shall be preserved. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Slogans & Mottoes
Peace, above all things, is to be desired. but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms. War & Peace
Perpetuity is stamped upon the Constitution by the blood of our fathers. For this purpose was the principle of amendment inserted in the Constitution which all have sworn to support and in violation of which no state or states have the right to secede, much less dissolve the Union. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Polk's appointments all in all are the most damnable set that was ever made by any President since the government was organized.... He has a set of interested parasites around him, who flatter him until he does not know himself. He seems to be acting upon the principle of hanging an old friend for the purpose of making two new ones.... There is one thing I will say ... I never betrayed a friend or [was] guilty of the black sin of ingratitude. I fear Mr. Polk cannot say as much. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
Remember the example I have given you of respectful submission to the administration of justice. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Since the last session of Congress numerous frauds on the Treasury have been discovered …. Either from some defect in the law or in its administration every effort to bring the accused to trial under its provisions proved ineffectual, and the Government was driven to the necessity of resorting to the vague and inadequate provisions of the common law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
That those tribes can not exist surrounded by our settlements and in continual contact with our citizens is certain. They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear. Such has been their fate heretofore, and if it is to be averted -- and it is -- it can only be done by a general removal beyond our boundary and by the reorganization of their political system upon principles adapted to the new relations in which they will be placed. Minorities & Women
The agricultural interest of our country is so essentially connected with every other and so superior in importance to them all that it is scarcely necessary to invite to it your particular attention.
The agricultural interest of the country is connected with every other, and superior in importance to them all.
The authority of the Supreme Court must not ... be permitted to control the Congress, or the Executive, when acting in their legislative capacities. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Bank is trying to kill me, but I shall kill it. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The base, the perfidious Britons have attempted to invade your country …. Can we place any confidence in the honor of men courted an alliance with pirates …? Miscellaneous
The blood of our murdered heroes must be revenged.! War & Peace
The consequences of a speedy removal will be important to the United States, to individual States, and to the Indians themselves. The pecuniary advantages which it promises to the Government are the least of its recommendations. It puts an end to all possible danger of collision between the authorities of the General and State Governments on account of the Indians. It will place a dense and civilized population in large tracts of country now occupied by a few savage hunters. Discrimination & Prejudice
The Constitution is still the object of our reverence, the bond of our Union, our defense in danger, the source of our prosperity in peace. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
the deed of a kind and overruling Providence. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The dictates of a high duty oblige me solemnly to announce that you cannot succeed. The laws of the United States must be executed. I have no discretionary power on the subject--my duty is emphatically pronounced in the Constitution. Those who told you that you might peaceably prevent their execution, deceived you-they could not have been deceived themselves. They know that a forcible opposition could alone prevent the execution of the laws, and they know that such opposition must be repelled. Their object is disunion, hut be not deceived by names; disunion, by armed force, is TREASON. Are you really ready to incur its guilt? If you are, on the head of the instigators of the act be the dreadful consequences-on their heads be the dishonor, but on yours may fall the punishment-on your unhappy State will inevitably fall all the evils of the conflict you force upon the government of your country. It cannot accede to the mad project of disunion, of which you would be the first victims-its first magistrate cannot, if he would, avoid the performance of his duty-the consequence must be fearful for you, distressing to your fellow-citizens here, and to the friends of good government throughout the world. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The Executive is a co-ordinate and independent branch of the Government equally with the Senate; and I have yet to learn under what constitutional authority that branch of the Legislature has a right to require of my an account of any communication ... made to the heads of departments ... Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The extension of the judiciary system of the United States is deemed to be one of the duties of the Government. One-fourth of the States in the Union do not participate in the benefits of a circuit court. To the States of Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, admitted into the Union since the present judicial system was organized, only a district court has been allowed. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The foreign policy adopted by our government is to do justice to all, and to submit to wrong by none. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The great can protect themselves, but the poor and humble require the arm and shield of the law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the right of suffrage… Voters, Voting & Elections
The hydra of corruption is only scotched, not dead. An investigation kills and it and its supporters dead. Let this be had. Corruption
The laws of the United States must be executed. I have no discretionary power on this subject; my duty is emphatically pronounced in the Constitution. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The mischief springs from the power which the monied interest derives from a paper currency, which they are able to control, from the multitude of corporations with exclusive privileges which they have succeeded in obtaining in the different states. Power
The people will stand by those who stand by them Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The power which the General Government would acquire within the several States by becoming the principal stock-holder in corporations, controlling every canal and each 60 or 100 miles of every important road, and giving a proportionate vote in all their elections, is almost inconceivable, and in my view dangerous to the liberties of the people. Transportation
The report of the Post Master General presents a gratifying picture of the condition of the Post Office Department…. The Department has been redeemed from embarrassment and debt, has accumulated a surplus exceeding half a million dollars, has largely extended and is preparing still further to extend the mail service, and recommends a reduction of postages equal to about 20%. Management & Managing Government
The Republic...may suffer under the present imbecile chief, but the sober second thought of the people will restore it at out next Presidential election. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Lobbying & Special Interests
The tribes which occupied the countries now constituting the Eastern States were annihilated or have melted away to make room for the whites. Minorities & Women
The Union: It must be preserved. Intergovernmental Relations
The waves of population and civilization are rolling to the westward, and we now propose to acquire the countries occupied by the red men of the South and West by a fair exchange. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Taxes
There are no necessary evils in government. It's evils exist only in its abuses. Management & Managing Government
There are, perhaps, few men who can for any great length of time enjoy office and power without being more or less under the influence of feelings unfavorable to the faithful discharge of their public duties … They are apt to acquire a habit of looking with indifference upon the public interests and of tolerating conduct from which an unpracticed man would revolt. Office is considered a species of property, and government rather as a means of promoting individual interests than as an instrument created solely for the service of the people. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
There are, perhaps, few men who can for any great length of time enjoy office and power without being more or less under the influence of feelings unfavorable to the faithful discharge of their public duties. Their integrity may be proof against improper considerations immediately addressed to themselves, but they are apt to acquire a habit of looking with indifference upon the public interests and of tolerating conduct from which an unpracticed man would revolt. Office is considered as a species of property, and government rather as a means of promoting individual interests than as an instrument created solely for the service of the people. Bureaucracy
These tribes cannot exist surrounded by our settlements and continual contact with our citizens. They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement. They must necessarily yield to the force of circumstance and, ere long, disappear. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
They [Congressmen] may ... consult and prefer the interests of their particular constituents when they come in conflict with any other particular or local interest, yet it is their first or highest duty, as representatives of the United States, to promote the general good. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This is all that we want ... to nullify the nullifyers [in Congress]. Legislating & Legislative Process
This right to secede is deduced from the nature of the Constitution, which they say is a compact between sovereign States who have preserved their whole sovereignty, and therefore are subject to no superior; that because they made the compact, they can break it when in their opinion it has been departed from by the other States. Fallacious as this course of reasoning is, it enlists State pride, and finds advocates in the honest prejudices of those who have not studied the nature of our government sufficiently to see the radical error on which it rests. States. Nations & Nationhood
This, then, is the position in which we stand. A small majority of the citizens of one State in the Union have elected delegates to a State convention; that convention has ordained that all the revenue laws of the United States must be repealed, or that they are no longer a member of the Union. The governor of that State has recommended to the legislature the raising of an army to carry the secession into effect, and that he may be empowered to give clearances to vessels in the name of the State. No act of violent opposition to the laws has yet been committed, but such a state of things is hourly apprehended, and it is the intent of this instrument to PROCLAIM, not only that the duty imposed on me by the Constitution, “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed," shall be performed to the extent of the powers already vested in me by law or of such others as the wisdom of Congress shall devise and Entrust to me for that purpose; but to warn the citizens of South Carolina, who have been deluded into an opposition to the laws, of the danger they will incur by obedience to the illegal and disorganizing ordinance of the convention-to exhort those who have refused to support it to persevere in their determination to uphold the Constitution and laws of their country, and to point out to all the perilous situation into which the good people of that State have been led, and that the course they are urged to pursue is one of ruin and disgrace to the very State whose rights they affect to support. Fellow-citizens of my native State! let me not only admonish you, as the first magistrate of our common country, not to incur the penalty of its laws, but use the influence that a father would over his children whom he saw rushing to a certain ruin. In that paternal language, with that paternal feeling, let me tell you, my countrymen, that you are deluded by men who are either deceived themselves or wish to deceive you. Mark under what pretenses you have been led on to the brink of insurrection and treason on which you stand! First a diminution of the value of our staple commodity, lowered by over-production in other quarters and the consequent diminution in the value of your lands, were the sole effect of the tariff laws. The effect of those laws was confessedly injurious, but the evil was greatly exaggerated by the unfounded theory you were taught to believe, that its burdens were in proportion to your exports, not to your consumption of imported articles. Your pride was aroused by the assertions that a submission to these laws was a state of vassalage, and that resistance to them was equal, in patriotic merit, to the opposition our fathers offered to the oppressive laws of Great Britain. You were told that this opposition might be peaceably-might be constitutionally made-that you might enjoy all the advantages of the Union and bear none of its burdens. Eloquent appeals to your passions, to your State pride, to your native courage, to your sense of real injury, were used to prepare you for the period when the mask which concealed the hideous features of DISUNION should be taken off. It fell, and you were made to look with complacency on objects which not long since you would have regarded with horror. Intergovernmental Relations
Unfortunately, many of the nations of this hemisphere are still self-tormented by domestic dissensions. Revolution succeeds revolution; injuries are committed upon foreigners engaged in lawful pursuits; much time el apses before a government sufficiently stable is erected to justify expectation of redress; ministers are sent and received, and before the discussions of past injuries are fairly begun fresh troubles arise; but too frequently new injuries are added to the old, to be discussed together with the existing government after it has proved its ability to sustain the assaults made upon it, or with its successor if overthrown. If this unhappy condition of things continues much longer, other nations will be under the painful necessity of deciding whether justice to their suffering citizens does not require a prompt redress of injuries by their own power, without waiting for the establishment of a government competent and enduring enough to discuss and to make satisfaction for them. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Variableness must ever be the characteristic of a currency of which the precious metals are not the chief ingredient, or which can be expanded or contracted without regard to the principles that regulate the value of those metals as a standard in the general trade of the world. Money, Coins & Minting
Was there ever such a bare-faced corruption in any country before? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
We have done nothing yet—I regret to see no national feeling in the majority of Congress—everyone appears to be engrossed with the interest alone of his own section of the country—so long as this feeling predominates, it will be unfortunate for our nation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We never make conquests or ask any other nation to let us establish ourselves in their country as the English, the French and the Dutch have done. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Without union, our independence and liberty would never have been achieved; without union they never can be maintained. Miscellaneous
You are a den of vipers and thieves ... by the eternal God, I will rout you out. Business, Commerce & Finance
You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the grace of the Eternal God, will rout you out. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You must risk to win. Slogans & Mottoes
All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.
Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.
Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments. Power
Elevate those guns a little lower.
Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support. Power
Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it. Life
Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.
Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.
I am a Senator against my wishes and feelings, which I regret more than any other of my life. Life
I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King my republican feelings and principles forbid it the simplicity of our system of government forbids it. Government
I feel in the depths of my soul that it is the highest, most sacred, and most irreversible part of my obligation to preserve the union of these states, although it may cost me my life. Life
I have always been afraid of banks. Money, Coins & Minting
I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President.
In England the judges should have independence to protect the people against the crown. Here the judges should not be independent of the people, but be appointed for not more than seven years. The people would always re-elect the good judges.
It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word.
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. Government
It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States. Power ;Government
I've got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment.
Mischief springs from the power which the moneyed interest derives from a paper currency which they are able to control, from the multitude of corporations with exclusive privileges... which are employed altogether for their benefit. Power
Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated. Power ;Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
Mr. Van Buren, your friends may be leaving you but my friends never leave me.
No one need think that the world can be ruled without blood. The civil sword shall and must be red and bloody.
Nullification means insurrection and war; and the other states have a right to put it down. War & Peace
Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result. Government
Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms. War & Peace
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. Time
The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.
The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.
The Constitution and the laws are supreme and the Union indissoluble.
The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the right of suffrage; and this when used with calmness and deliberation will prove strong enough. Power
The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power. Power ;Government
The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key... and bolt the door at once.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. Government
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
There is nothing that I shudder at more than the idea of a separation of the Union. Should such an event ever happen, which I fervently pray God to avert, from that date I view our liberty gone. Religion & God
To the victors belong the spoils.
Unless you become more watchful in your states and check the spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that... the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations.
War is a blessing compared with national degradation. War & Peace
We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government. Government
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.