Quotations From ANDREW JACKSON


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  • I feel in the depths of my soul that it is the highest, most sacred, and most irreversible part of my obligation to preserve the union of these states, although it may cost me my life.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Second inaugural address, March 4, 1833.

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  • The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the right of suffrage; and this when used with calmness and deliberation will prove strong enough.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, June 25, 1825, to James Buchanan, Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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  • We can beat all Europe with United States soldiers. Give me a thousand Tennesseans, and I'll whip any other thousand men on the globe!
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Life of Andrew Jackson, vol. III, p. 634, Parton.
  • I am a Senator against my wishes and feelings, which I regret more than any other of my life.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, October 25, 1823, to John Coffee, Coffee Papers, Tennessee Historical Society.

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  • War is a blessing compared with national degradation.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, May 2, 1845, to James K. Polk, Jackson Papers, Library of Congress.

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  • Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, May 1, 1838, to Martin Van Buren, Van Buren Papers, Library of Congress.

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  • All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, July 5, 1822, to Andrew Jackson Donelson, Donelson Papers, Library of Congress.
  • Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Pocket veto of a land bill, December 4, 1833. Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. II, ed. J.D. Richardson, Washington (1908).

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  • If they [Mexicans] touch the hair of the head of one of our citizens, tell him [Commodore Dallas] to batter down and destroy their town and exterminate the inhabitants from the face of the earth!
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Attorney General Benjamin Butler to his wife Harriet, June 29, 1836. Related by Attorney General Benjamin Butler to his wife when Jackson heard that Mexican authorities had inflicted "indignities" on the American consul and residents of Tampico.

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  • Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Sixth annual message to Congress, December 1, 1834. Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. II, ed. J.D. Richardson, Washington (1908).

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