QUOTES FROM MILLARD FILLMORE

“An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.”

“I know the navigable waters of this country as a mermaid knows the depths of the ocean.”

“Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.”

“The human heart is the best temple of liberty.”

“The man who can look upon a crisis without being willing to offer himself upon the altar of his country is not fit for public trust.”

“The only true test of public opinion is the verdict of the people.”

“May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.”

“I do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue and intelligence of the people.”

“It is not strange… to mistake change for progress.”

“An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.”

“It is not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.”

“Men and women are not angels, and therefore must be governed by fixed rules.”

“The man who is constantly thinking of himself is a very small fellow.”

“A smile is the universal welcome.”

“The first and great commandment is, don’t let them scare you.”

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.”

“No one can earn a million dollars honestly.”

“An honest man can never be successful in public life.”

“I have no ambition for myself in this weary world. I am but a passenger on the shores of time, sent by our heavenly Father to collect and record the pebbles of truth washed upon the shore.”

“The law will protect the weak against the strong, and will do justice to the poor.”

“The progress and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

“It may be doubted whether any skill of the painter or the sculptor can produce an effect upon the mind so extraordinary as that produced by a woman of sense and delicacy.”

“It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.”

“Passions and prejudices will not be eradicated by adroitly lopping off a branch here and there.”

“God knows that I detest slavery, but it is an existing evil, and we must endure it, and give it such protection as is guaranteed by the Constitution.”

“The comforts and conveniences of life can be provided out of the surplus wealth only of a nation.”

“Peace will come soon to stay, and so come as to be worth keeping in all future time.”

“True politeness consists in considering everyone else’s comfort as well as our own.”

“All legislation and all government plans to solve the problems of unemployment, excessive wages, and high cost of living by inflation, with its price fixing and its wage fixing, are ‘make-believe’ solutions.”

“The nourishment of this country is embedded in good, honest business.”