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James K. Polk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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