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Top 10 Best Martin Van Buren Quotes

#10

 

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

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#9
 

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.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#8
 

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.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#7
 

In all the attributes of a great, happy, and flourishing people we stand without a parallel in the world. Abroad we enjoy the respect and, with scarcely an exception, the friendship of every nation; at home, while our Government quietly but efficiently performs the sole legitimate end of political institutions--in doing the greatest good to the greatest number-- we present an aggregate of human prosperity surely not elsewhere to be found.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#6
 

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.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#5
 

The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#4
 

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.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#3
 

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.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#2
 

The perpetuity of our institutions depends upon ourselves; that if we maintain the principles on which they were established they are destined to confer their benefits on countless generations yet to come, and that America will present to every friend of mankind the cheering proof that a popular government, wisely formed, is wanting in no element of endurance or strength.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
#1
 

The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.

--MARTIN VAN BUREN

 
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