James Buchanan, Jr, 1791 - 1868
Oil on canvas by George P. A. Healy (1859)
Born: 23 April 1791, Cove Gap, Pennsylvania
Died: 1 June 1868, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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- Abstract propositions should never be discussed by a legislative body. permalink
- Hard work is important no matter what work it is. permalink
- I like the noise of democracy. permalink
- Liberty must be allowed to work out its natural results; and these will, ere long, astonish the world. permalink
- Prevent the American people from crossing the Rocky Mountains? You might as well command Niagara not to flow. We must fulfill our destiny. permalink
- Sir, if you are as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland, you are a happy man indeed. permalink
to Abraham Lincoln (4 March 1861)
- The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among freemen. permalink
- The distribution of patronage of the Government is by far the most disagreeable duty of the President. permalink
- The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. permalink
- There is nothing stable but Heaven and the Constitution. permalink
- To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute. permalink
- What is right and what is practicable are two different things. permalink
- Whatever the result may be, I shall carry to my grave the consciousness that I at least meant well for my country. permalink
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