Franklin Pierce quotes talk about the constitution, the fruitless war of which he was a soldier and is probably the only President that speaks of getting drunk. The majority of his quotes focused on the constitution and what it allows and doesn’t allow. He was succeeded by James Buchannan after is term was finished and elections held. He joins a list of men like Zachary Taylor and others who became president after fighting in some war that the country faced, in Pierce’s case his policies also helped start a civil one. Below are a number of Franklin Pierce quotes.
“If your past is limited, your future is boundless.”
"It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence.”
“You have summoned me in my weakness. You must sustain me in your strength.”
“I never justify, sustain, or in any way or to any extent uphold this cruel, heartless, aimless unnecessary war.”
"Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion."
“But let not the foundation of our hope rest upon man's wisdom. It will not be sufficient that sectional prejudices find no place in the public deliberations. It will not be sufficient that the rash counsels of human passion are rejected.”
“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.”
"I can express no better hope for my country than that the kind Providence which smiled upon our fathers may enable their children to preserve the blessings they have inherited."
“Of all knaves the religious knave is the worst.”
“The constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation, namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those ... who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy. ... I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would, in my judgment, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.”
“In a body [like Congress] where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers, you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate.”
“The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded.”
“The founders of the Republic dealt with things as they were presented to them, in a spirit of self sacrificing Patriotism and as time has proved, with a comprehensive wisdom which it will always be safe for us to consult”
“With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined."
“A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties.”
“I find the remark, "Tis distance lends enchantment to the view" is no less true of the political than of the natural world.”
“The revenue of the country, levied almost insensibly to the taxpayer, goes on from year to year, increasing beyond either the interests or the prospective wants of the Government.”
“In expressing briefly my views upon an important subject which has recently agitated the nation..., I fervently hope that the question is at rest and that no sectional or ambitious or fanatical excitement may again threaten the durability of our institutions.”
“READILY and, I trust, feelingly acknowledge the duty incumbent on us all . . . to provide for those who, in the mysterious order of Providence, are subject to want and to disease of body or mind; but I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States . . . .”
“I speak of the war as fruitless; for it is clear that, prosecuted upon the basis of the proclamations of September 22d and September 24th, 1862, prosecuted, as I must understand these proclamations, to say nothing of the kindred blood which has followed, upon the theory of emancipation, devastation, subjugation, it cannot fail to be fruitless in every thing except the harvest of woe which it is ripening for what was once the peerless republic.”
Franklin Pierce Facts
Franklin Pierce facts include the his policies as mentioned earlier starting a civil war in the United States due to the things he implemented. Pierce was the 14th President of The United States of America and his term was from 1853 to 1857. He was a lawyer and a soldier before he eventually joined the Democratic Party and later became president. He is also known for his position against abolishing slavery and felt it would destroy the unity of the country. It is said his criticism of Abraham Lincoln made him very unpopular in the North of America.
Franklin Pierce Accomplishments
Franklin Pierce accomplishments include his rise to the presidency, though he was responsible for a civil war that could have been avoided. His most notable accomplishment was the Gadsen Purchase, which expanded the frontier to the South and West. Pierce is considered by some critics to be the worst president ever.