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There are four great measures for my administration - a reduction of tariff, an independent treasury, settlement of the Oregon boundary and acquisition of California.
No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.
Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state.
We must ever mandate the principle that the people of this continent alone have the right to decide their own destiny.
One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.
All distinctions of birth or of rank have been abolished. All citizens, whether native or adopted, are placed upon terms of precise equality. All are entitled to equal rights and equal protection.
I cannot, whilst President of the United States, descend to enter into a newspaper controversy.
With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.
It is confidently believed that our system may be safely extended to the utmost bounds of our territorial limits.
Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
If a man . . . would shake and not be shaken, grip and not be gripped, taking care always to squeeze the hand of his adversary as hard as it squeezed him, then he suffered no inconvenience from it.
The gratitude ... should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy.
Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.
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.
The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government.
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.
No union exists between church and state, and perfect freedom of opinion is guaranteed to all sects and creeds.
The Presidency is not a bed of roses.
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.
General Taylor is, I have no doubt, a well-meaning old man. He is, however, uneducated, exceedingly ignorant of public affairs, and I should judge, of very ordinary capacity.
I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.
The whole frame of the Federal Constitution proves that the government which it creates was intended to be one of limited and specified powers.
I cannot adequately express the horror I feel for a man who can be so base as to veil his hypocrisy under the cloak of religion, and state the base falsehood he has done.