"The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Andrew Johnson on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Andrew Johnson on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Andrew Johnson on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Andrew Johnson on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Andrew Johnson on Thomas Paine
"Honest conviction is my courage the Constitution is my guide."
"Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects."