James Buchanan

Liberty must be allowed to work out its natural results; and these will, ere long, astonish the world.

What is right and what is practicable are two different things.

Abstract propositions should never be discussed by a legislative body.

I have no regret for any public act of my life, and history will vindicate my memory.

I like the noise of democracy.

The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men.

The distribution of patronage of the Government is by far the most disagreeable duty of the President.

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

There is nothing stable but Heaven and the Constitution.

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.

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