(7th U.S. President, soldier and statesman) March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845
War is a blessing compared with national degradation.
The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.
We made a mistake, and you have to be responsible for your mistakes. If they feel the title shouldn’t be here at Burke, then it shouldn’t be here. I’m fine with that. You just have to go out there and do it all over again.
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.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
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.
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
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.
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.
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.
Never take counsel of your fears.
I’ve got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment.
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.
I have always been afraid of banks.
Our Union: It must be preserved.
The Constitution and the laws are supreme and the Union indissoluble.
Nullification means insurrection and war; and the other states have a right to put it down.
The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.
One man with courage makes a majority.
To the victors belong the spoils.
Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.
Our brief was to create an environment where people could feel comfortable shopping, dining, relaxing and meeting friends and it is wonderful that our design has been acknowledged in this way.
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.
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Soaring gasoline and natural gas prices will have a major negative impact on family budgets and household spending, likely resulting in job losses in sectors like tourism and retail trade.
The best thing for the Bank of Canada to do is to wait and see.
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.
Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated.
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.
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.
No one need think that the world can be ruled without blood. The civil sword shall and must be red and bloody.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.
Mr. Van Buren, your friends may be leaving you but my friends never leave me.
Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.
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.
Elevate those guns a little lower.
I am a Senator against my wishes and feelings, which I regret more than any other of my life.
Anne’s work reaches a broad audience. She had a one-woman show in the Red Light District of San Francisco at the Shooting Gallery next to a park where they actually do shoot up. You can’t predict where her art will go, just that it will.
Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.
I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President.
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.
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.
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
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.
Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.