James K. Polk Quotes

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James K. Polk Quotes

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.
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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

Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government.

— James K. 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

With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.

— James K. 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

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

No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.

— James K. Polk

The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.

— James K. Polk

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

Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.

— James K. Polk

When I observed a strong man approaching I generally took advantage of him by being a little quicker than he was and seizing him by the tip of the fingers, giving him a hearty shake, and thus preventing him from getting a full grip upon me.

— James K. Polk

I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.

— James K. Polk

I cannot, whilst President of the United States, descend to enter into a newspaper controversy.

— James K. Polk

No union exists between church and state, and perfect freedom of opinion is guaranteed to all sects and creeds.

— James K. Polk

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