James K. Polk quotes

  • Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Thank God #Church #Connections

  • 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

    #Religious #Humility #Blessing

  • No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Patriotic #President #Leisure

  • One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Rights #Majority #Minorities

  • 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.
    -- James K. Polk

    #People #Together #Almighty

  • 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.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Men #Hands #Political

  • With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Rose #Presidential #Bed

  • 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

    #Teaching #Exercise #Government

  • 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

    #Presidential #Sovereign #Term

  • There are four great measures for my administration - a reduction of tariff, an independent treasury, settlement of the Oregon boundary and acquisition of California.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Independent #Oregon #California

  • The gratitude ... should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Gratitude #Blessing #Should

  • 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. Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Country #Gratitude #Blessing

  • The Presidency is not a bed of roses.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Rose #Bed

  • The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Military #Ambition #Government

  • 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

    #Presidential #Political #Selfishness

  • 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

    #Party #People #History

  • Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Minorities #Shields #Constitution

  • 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

    #Patriotic #Passion #Government

  • Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Country #Patriotic #Sublime

  • I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Love You #Dying #Eternity

  • Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between Church and State, and that in my action as President of the United States I recognized no distinction of creeds in my appointments office.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Office #Presidential #Church

  • Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Character #Government #Appreciate

  • I cannot, whilst President of the United States, descend to enter into a newspaper controversy.
    -- James K. Polk

    #President #United States #Newspapers

  • No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. If he entrusts the details and smaller matters to subordinates constant errors will occur. I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government myself rather than entrust the public business to subordinates, and this makes my duties very great.
    -- James K. Polk

    #Errors #Government #President

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