To the victors belong the spoils.
– Andrew Jackson
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 is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.
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.
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.
Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated.
I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President.
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.
Disunion by force is treason.
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.
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.
Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
I’ve got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment.
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 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.
Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.
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.
Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.
Elevate those guns a little lower.
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
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.
Nullification means insurrection and war; and the other states have a right to put it down.
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
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.
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.