"Although... the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."James K. Polk on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."James K. Polk on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."James K. Polk on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."James K. Polk on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."James K. Polk on Thomas Jefferson
"The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government."
"One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights."
"Well may the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country's peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family."
"Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world."