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" You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. "
" Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms. "
" I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King my republican feelings and principles forbid it the simplicity of our system of government forbids it. "
" It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States. "
" There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. "
" The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger. "
" Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there. "
" To the victors belong the spoils. "
" Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission. "
" The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power. "
" Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. "
" Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated. "
" I feel in the depths of my soul that it is the highest, most sacred, and most irreversible part of my obligation to preserve the union of these states, although it may cost me my life. "
" We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government. "
" As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending. "
" Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error. "
" Unless you become more watchful in your states and check the spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that... the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations. "
" The Constitution and the laws are supreme and the Union indissoluble. "
" I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President. "
" It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. "
" Mr. Van Buren, your friends may be leaving you but my friends never leave me. "
" Mischief springs from the power which the moneyed interest derives from a paper currency which they are able to control, from the multitude of corporations with exclusive privileges... which are employed altogether for their benefit. "
" I am a Senator against my wishes and feelings, which I regret more than any other of my life. "
" Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support. "
" The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key... and bolt the door at once. "
" The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. "
" Disunion by force is treason. "
" There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. "
" War is a blessing compared with national degradation. "
" Elevate those guns a little lower. "
" If the Union is once severed, the line of separation will grow wider and wider, and the controversies which are now debated and settled in the halls of legislation will then be tried in fields of battle and determined by the sword. "