"The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."James K. Polk on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."James K. Polk on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."James K. Polk on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."James K. Polk on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."James K. Polk on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"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."
"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."