Franklin Pierce Quotes


"We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with all nations." Franklin Pierce Source:


"The stars upon your banner have become nearly threefold their original number; your densely populated possessions skirt the shores of the two great oceans." Franklin Pierce Source:

Being President

"You have summoned me in my weakness. You must sustain me by your strength." Franklin Pierce Source:


"The storm of frency and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution." Franklin Pierce Source:


"The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded." Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) U.S. President Source: Inaugural Address, 4 March 1853

Political Parties

"A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties." Franklin Pierce Source:

Public Charity

"The constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation, namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy. ... I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would, in my judgment, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded." Franklin Pierce Source: May 3, 1854, President vetoed a bill

Secession Crisis of 1860

"I wish I could indulge higher hope for the future of our country, but the aspect of any vision is fearfully dark and I cannot make it otherwise." Franklin Pierce During the secession crisis of 1860 Source:

Time and Money

Remember that time is money. Franklin Pierce Source:

Trifling Subjects

"Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion." Franklin Pierce Source:


"With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined." Franklin Pierce Source: US President's Web Ring Home Page

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