"One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."James K. Polk on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."James K. Polk on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."James K. Polk on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."James K. Polk on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."James K. Polk on Winston Churchill
"The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government."
"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."
"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."
"Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world."