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Quotes from Martin Van Buren

Van Buren's Words


Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States having served from 1837 to 1841. Following are quotes from the man known as the "Little Magician."

"As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it."

"Unlike all who have preceded me, the Revolution that gave us existence as one people was achieved at the period of my birth; and whilst I contemplate with grateful reverence that memorable event, I feel that I belong to a later age and that I may not expect my countrymen to weigh my actions wi th the same kind and partial hand."

"The people under our system, like the king in a monarchy, never dies."

"On receiving from the people the sacred trust twice confided on my illustrious predecessor, and which he has discharged so faithfully and so well, I know that I can not expect to perform the arduous task with equal ability and success."

"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."

"For myself, therefore, I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it."

"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."

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