Martin Van Buren quotes talk about the perceptions and pursuits of man who ruled during a time when the country was going through change. He mentioned the movement of Indian tribes to the west of the Mississippi and the avoidance of war during a time period that war was a constant threat. His response to his presidency was simply put happy first day and happy last day, in between seemed rough. He was endorsed by Andrew Jackson who was the outgoing president at the time. Below are a number of Martin Van Buren quotes.
“I am more than ever convinced of the dangers to which the free and unbiased exercise of political opinion - the only sure foundation and safeguard of republican government - would be exposed by any further increase of the already overgrown influence of corporate authorities.”
“The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought.”
“The atonement of Jesus Christ is the only remedy and rest for my soul."
“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.”
“The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.”
“There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens.”
“The national will is the supreme law of the Republic, and on all subjects within the limits of his constitutional powers should be faithfully obeyed by the public servant.”
“I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men, whose superiors it is our happiness to believe are not found on the executive calendar of any country.”
“My conviction of the necessity of further legislative provisions for the safe-keeping and disbursement of the public moneys and my opinion in regard to the measures best adapted to the accomplishment of those objects have been already submitted to you.”
“The connection which formerly existed between the Government and banks was in reality injurious to both, as well as to the general interests of the community at large.”
“I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men... in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor.”
“To avoid the necessity of a permanent debt and its inevitable consequences, I have advocated and endeavored to carry into effect the policy of confining the appropriations for the public service to such objects only as are clearly with the constitutional authority of the Federal Government.”
“I cannot expect to perform the task with equal ability and success.”
“Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude. The first is the resource of intrigue and produces only secondary results, the second is the resort of genius and transforms the universe.”
“In time of peace there can, at all events, be no justification for the creation of a permanent debt by the Federal Government. Its limited range of constitutional duties may certainly under such circumstances be performed without such a resort.”
“Most men are not scolded out of their opinion.”
“Is it possible to be anything in this country without being a politician?”
“No evil can result from its [slavery's] inhibition more pernicious than its toleration.”
“The law increasing and organizing the military establishment of the United States has been nearly carried into effect, and the Army has been extensively and usefully employed during the past season.”
“There is but one reliance.”
“In a government whose distinguishing characteristic should be a diffusion and equalization of its benefits and burdens the advantage of individuals will be augmented at the expense of the community at large.”
“It seems proper, at all events, that by an early enactment similar to that of other countries the application of public money by an officer of Government to private uses should be made a felony and visited with severe and ignominious punishment.”
“It affords me sincere pleasure to be able to apprise you of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi.”
“As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.”
“The case of the Seminoles constitutes at present the only exception to the successful efforts of the Government to remove the Indians to the homes assigned them west of the Mississippi.”
“The condition of the tribes which occupy the country set apart for them in the West is highly prosperous, and encourages the hope of their early civilization. They have for the most part abandoned the hunter state and turned their attention to agricultural pursuits.”
Martin Van Buren Biography
Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United States of America and an American statesman. He served from 1837 to 1841 and was recognized as the first president who spoke a language other than English. It was said that during his time in office the country suffered from a decline in economic profitability which saw him lose to William Henry Harrison. He had an issue with the banks and government working together. Another president who found the going rough during economic hardship was Herbert Hoover.
Martin Van Buren Facts
Martin Van Buren was known for his ability to remove many of the Indian tribes from other parts of the country. He was given nicknames because of his political wit and some of the things he accomplished while in office. Unfortunately, the economy was his downfall and he lost the opportunity to serve another term. The man who ran against Van Buren’s party as the vice-presidential candidate would eventually become the 10th President of America, John Tyler. I hope something said by the man who was dubbed Red Fox proves an inspiration.