William Henry Harrison
Quotations


I believe and I say it is true Democratic feeling, that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.

I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free .

Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.

The American backwoodsmanóclad in his hunting shirt, the product of his domestic industry, and fighting for the country he loves, he is more than a match for the vile but splendid mercenary of a European despot.

The chains of military despotism once fastened upon a nation, ages might pass away before they could be shaken off.

The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed.

The people are the best guardians of their own rights and it is the duty of their executive to abstain from interfering in or thwarting the sacred exercise of the lawmaking functions of their government.

The prudent capitalist will never adventure his capital . . . if there exists a state of uncertainty as to whether the Government will repeal tomorrow what it has enacted today.

There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.

To Englishmen, life is a topic, not an activity.



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