Grover Cleveland Quote Page

"We love him for the enemies he has made."

The patriot must all ways be prepared to defend his country from his government. - Ed Abbey Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. - African Proverb Give me a lever and place to stand, and I will move the world. - Archimedes

Army "If it takes the entire army and navy of the United States to deliver a post card in Chicago . . . that card will be delivered." (During railroad strike in Chicago)

Change "After an existence of nearly twenty years of almost innocuous desuetude, these laws are brought forth." (Message in March 1886 after 20 years of GOP Rule)

Citizen's Responsibility "Every citizen owes to the country a vigilant watch and close scrutiny of its public servants and affairs and a reasonable estimate of their fidelity and usefulness." "He who takes the oath today to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States only assumes the solemn obligation which every patriotic citizen . . . should share with him. . . . Your every voter, as surely as your Chief Magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust." The fact that they are citizens entitles them to all the rights due to that relation and charges them with all its duties, obligations, and responsibilities. Grover Cleveland, Wednesday, 4 March 1885 Source: -10-january-2012-james-a-garfield-grover-cleveland-and-benjamin-harrison/

Company "A man is known by the company he keeps, and also by the company from which he is kept out."

Condition "It is a condition which confronts us—not a theory." (Annual Message, 1887)

Constitution I shall to the best of my ability and within my sphere of duty preserve the Constitution by loyally protecting every grant of Federal power it contains, by defending all its restraints when attacked by impatience and restlessness, and by enforcing its limitations and reservations in favor of the States and of the people. Grover Cleveland Source: In the discharge of my official duty I shall endeavor to be guided by a just and unstrained construction of the Constitution, a careful observance of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the states or to the people, and by a cautious appreciation of those functions which by the Constitution and laws have been especially assigned to the executive branch. Grover Cleveland Source:

Crime Under our scheme of government the waste of public money is a crime against the citizen... Grover Cleveland Source:

Currency Manifestly nothing is more vital to...the beneficient purposes of our Government than a sound and stable currency. Grover Cleveland Source:

Defeat It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to win by committing subterfuge.

Democracy "The ship of democracy which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard."

Dinner "I must go to dinner, . . . but I wish it was to eat a pickled herring a Swiss cheese and a chop at Louis' instead of the French stuff I shall find."

Election "What is the use of being elected or reelected, unless you stand for something?"

Equality Loyalty to the principles upon which our Government rests positively demands that the equality before the law which it guarantees to every citizen should be justly and in good faith conceded in all parts of the land. Grover Cleveland Source: [The U.S. is] a government pledged to do equal and exact justice to all men... Grover Cleveland Source:

Federal Aid I can find no warrant for such an appropriation [federal aid to drought-stricken Texas farmers] in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit... The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune...Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthen the bond of a common brotherhood... [T]hough the people support the Government, the Government should not support the people.” Grover Cleveland Source:

FDR My little man, I am making a strange wish for you. It is that you may never be president of the United States. Cleveland to FDR (age 5) while visiting the White House.

Federal Budget "Once the coffers of the federal government are opened to the public, there will be no shutting them again."

Government "The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government its functions do not include the support of the people."

Honesty "Party honesty is party expediency." (Interview in New York Commercial Advertiser, September 1889) "I am honest and sincere in my desire to do well, but the question is whether I know enough to accomplish what I desire."

"Honor lies in honest toil."

Immigration "The admitted right of a government to prevent the influx of elements hostile to its internal peace and security may not be questioned, even where there is not treaty stipulation on the subject." (On immigration)

International Morality "I mistake the American people if they favor the odious doctrine that there is no such thing as international morality; that there is one law for a strong nation and another for a weak one."

Labor "The truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in natural toil."

Local Vs National Interest [Constitutional government requires] a patriotic disregard of such local and selfish claims as are unreasonable and reckless of the welfare of the entire country. Grover Cleveland Source:

Partisan Zeal "The best results in the operation of a government wherein every citizen has a share largely depend upon a proper limitation of the purely partisan zeal and effort and a correct appreciation of the time when the heat of the partisan should be merged in the patriotism of the citizen. ... At this hour the animosities of political strife, the bitterness of partisan defeat, and the exultation of partisan triumph should be supplanted by an ungrudging acquiescence in the popular will and a sober, conscientious concern for the general weal. ... Public extravagance begets extravagance among the people." Source: First Inaugural Address, 1885

Office Seekers "This dreadful, damnable office-seeking hangs over me and surrounds me—and makes me feel like resigning." "This office-seeking is a disease—I am entirely satisfied of that. It is ever catching. Men get it, and they lose the proper balance of their minds. I've known men to come here to Washington on other business, with no thought of office, but when they had been here a couple of weeks they had caught it." (1885)

Pension "I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor." (Veto of Dependent Pension Bill, July 1888)

Private Vs Common Interest If [adhering to the Constitution] involves the surrender of postponement of private interests and the abandonment of local advantages, compensation will be found in the assurance that the common interest is subserved and the general welfare is advanced. Grover Cleveland Source:

Protecting The Rich "He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor."

Public Servants Our citizens have the right to protection from the incompetency of public employees... Grover Cleveland Source: Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Grover Cleveland Source:

Republicans "They have proved themselves offensive partisans and unscrupulous manipulators of local party management."

Right "I have tried so hard to do right." (His last words as he died of heart failure) Read Cleveland's Obituary

Special Privileges ...danger confronts us...the prevalence of a popular disposition to expect from the operation of the Government especial and direct individual advantages. Grover Cleveland Source:

Spirit Of The Law No man has ever yet been hanged for breaking the spirit of a law.

Support "It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. I is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens."

Taxes When we consider that the theory of our institutions guarantees to every citizen the full enjoyment of all the fruits of his industry and enterprise, with only such deduction as may be his share toward the careful and economical maintenance of the Government which protects him, It is plain that the exaction of more than this is indefensible extortion and culpable betrayal of American fairness and justice. This wrong inflicted upon those who bear the burden of national taxation, like other wrongs, multiplies a brood of evil consequences. Grover Cleveland Source: When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of free government. Source: Second Annual Message, December 1886 The simple and plain duty which we owe the people is to reduce taxation to the necessary expenses of an economical operation of the Government and to restore to the business of the country the money which we hold in the Treasury through the perversion of governmental powers.... unnecessary and extravagant appropriations... besides the demoralization of all just conceptions of public duty which it entails, stimulates a habit of reckless improvidence not in the least consistent with the mission of our people or of the high and beneficent purposes of our Government. Grover Cleveland Source: If in lifting burdens from the daily life of our people we reduce inordinate and unequal advantages too long enjoyed, this is but a necessary incident of our return to right and justice…. When we proclaim that the necessity for revenue to support the Government furnishes the only justification for taxing the people, we announce a truth so plain that its denial would seem to indicate the extent to which judgment may be influenced by familiarity with perversions of the taxing power. Grover Cleveland, Saturday, 4 March 1893 Source: tuesday-10-january-2012-james-a-garfield-grover-cleveland-and- benjamin-harrison/

Unsound Finance "At times like the present, when the evils of unsound finance threaten us, the speculator may anticipate a harvest gathered from the misfortune of others, the capitalist may protect himself by hoarding or may even find profit from the fluctuations of values, but the wage earner - the first to be injured by a depreciated currency - is practically defenseless." Grover Cleveland

Welfare ...the lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government, Government should not support the people... Grover Cleveland Source:

Mrs. Cleveland's Prediction Quote at the inauguration of the 23rd president "Take good care ... of the house ... we are coming back just four years from today."

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