James K. Polk Quotes


"Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world..." James K. Polk Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/james_knox_polk/

Being President

"No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure." James K. Polk Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/james_knox_polk/ "Although... the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States." James K. Polk Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/james_knox_polk/ "With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses." James K. Polk Source:http://www.factmonster.com/spot/presquotes1.html "I prefer to supervise the whole operations of Government myself rather than entrust the public business to subordinates and this makes my duties very great." James K. Polk Source:http://americanhistory.about.com/cs/jameskpolk/a/quotepolk.htm "I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign." James K. Polk Source:http://www.factmonster.com/spot/presquotes1.html

Buchanan (Future President)

"Mr. Buchanan is a man of talents & is fully competent to discharge the high duties of Secretary of State, but it is one of his weaknesses (and perhaps all great men have such) that he takes on & magnifies small matters into great & undeserved importance." James K. Polk Source:Diary of James K. Polk September 1, 1846


"The passion for office among members of Congress is very great, if not absolutely disreputable, and greatly embarrasses the operations of the Government. They create offices by their own votes and then seek to fill them themselves." James K. Polk Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/james_knox_polk/ "There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress... than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S." James K. Polk Source:http://americanhistory.about.com/cs/jameskpolk/a/quotepolk.htm


"One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression." James K. Polk Source:Inaugural Address, 4 March 1845

Foreign Powers

"Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government." James K. Polk Source:http://americanhistory.about.com/cs/jameskpolk/a/quotepolk.htm


"Under the benignant providence of Almighty God the representatives of the States and of the people are again brought together to deliberate for the public good. The gratitude of the nation to the Sovereign Arbiter of All Human Events should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy." James K. Polk Source:4th Annual Message to Congress; December 5, 1848 "Under the blessings of Divine Providence ... It becomes us in humility to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored." James K. Polk Source:1st Annual Message to Congress; December 2, 1845


"I cannot, whilst President of the United States, descend to enter into a newspaper controversy." James K. Polk Source:http://americanhistory.about.com/cs/jameskpolk/a/quotepolk.htm

Public Opinion

"Public opinion: May it always perform one of its appropriate offices, by teaching the public functionaries of the State and of the Federal Government, that neither shall assume the exercise of powers entrusted by the Constitution to the other." James K. Polk Source:http://www.factmonster.com/spot/presquotes1.html

US Government

"It [the US Government] is a common protector of each and all the States; of every man who lives upon our soil, whether of native or foreign birth; of every religious sect, in their worship of the Almighty according to the dictates of their own conscience; of every shade of opinion, and the most free inquiry; of every art, trade, and occupation consistent with the laws of the States." James K. Polk Source:Inaugural Address, 4 March 1845


"The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government. While the Chief Magistrate and the popular branch of Congress are elected for short terms by the suffrages of those millions who must in their own persons bear all the burdens and miseries of war, our Government can not be otherwise than pacific." James K. Polk Source:http://americanhistory.about.com/cs/jameskpolk/a/quotepolk.htm "Well may the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country's peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family." James K. Polk Source:http://americanhistory.about.com/cs/jameskpolk/a/quotepolk.htm

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