Andrew Johnson Quotes | Quotes by Andrew Johnson

1I tell our sisters in the South that so far as Tennessee is concerned she will not be dragged into a Southern or any other confederacy until she has had time to consider; and then she will go when she believes it to be her interest, and not before.

2Let them impeach and be damned.

3The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.

4Washington, DC is 12 square miles bordered by reality.

5I have lived among negroes, all my life, and I am for this Government with slavery under the Constitution as it is. I am for the Government of my fathers with negroes. I am for it without negroes. Before I would see this Government destroyed I would send every negro back to Africa, disintegrated and blotted out of space

6Duties have been mine; consequences are God's.

7I realized, there are people out there who can beat me, want to beat me. And unless I continue to innovate and evolve, I am going to learn a painful lesson from someone who has.

8Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.

9The homestead policy was established only after long and earnest resistance; experience proves its wisdom. The lands in the hands of industrious settlers, whose labor creates wealth and contributes to the public resources, are worth more to the United States than if they had been reserved as a solitude for future purchasers.

10Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North.

Andrew Johnson Quotes

11My right side is paralyzed. I need no doctor. I can overcome my own troubles.

12It is our sacred duty to transmit unimpaired to our posterity the blessings of liberty which were bequeathed to us by the founders of the Republic.

13For myself, I care not whether treason be committed North or South; he that is guilty of treason is entitled to a traitor's fate!

14Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects.

15There are some who lack confidence in the integrity and capacity of the people to govern themselves. To all who entertain such fears I will most respectfully say that I entertain none. If man is not capable, and is not to be trusted with the government of himself, is he to be trusted with the government of others? Who, then, will govern? The answer must be, Man - for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs.

16I never thought I would be impeached.

17Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: 'Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,' and exclaim, 'Christ first, our country next!'

18Whenever you hear a man prating about the Constitution, spot him as a traitor.

19I have performed my duty to my God, my country, and my family. I have nothing to fear in approaching death. To me it is the mere shadow of God's protecting wing . . . Here I will rest in quiet and peace beyond the reach of calumny's poisoned shaft, the influence of envy and jealous enemies, where treason and traitors or State backsliders and hypocrites in church can have no peace.

20I have been almost overwhelmed by the announcement of the sad event [Lincoln's assassination] which has so recently occurred. I feel incompetent to perform duties so important and responsible as those which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me.

Andrew Johnson Quotes

21I feel incompetent to perform duties...which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me.

22The enactment of the Homestead Act would create the strongest tie between the citizen and the Government-he would with cheerfulness contribute his proportionable part of the taxes to defray the expenses of the political system under which he lived.

23If blacks were given the right to vote, that would place every splay-footed, bandy-shanked, hump-backed, thick-lipped, flat-nosed, woolly-headed, ebon-colored in the country upon an equality with the poor white man.

24Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.

25The life of a republic lies certainly in the energy, virtue, and intelligence of its citizens.

26If you could extend the elective franchise to all persons of color who can read the Constitution of the United States in English and write their names and to all persons of color who own real estate valued at not less than two hundred and fifty dollars and pay taxes thereon, and would completely disarm the adversary. This you can do with perfect safety. And as a consequence, the radicals, who are wild upon negro franchise, will be completely foiled in their attempts to keep the Southern States from renewing their relations to the Union.

27When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country.

28Notwithstanding a mendacious press; notwithstanding a subsidized gang of hirelings who have not ceased to traduce me, I have discharged all my official duties and fulfilled my pledges. And I say here tonight that if my predecessor had lived, the vials of wrath would have poured out upon him.

29If you always support the correct principles then you will never get the wrong results!

30The sovereignty of the States is the language of the Confederacy and not the language of the Constitution. The latter contains the emphatic words. This Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof and all treaties made or which shall be made under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding

Andrew Johnson Quotes

31Legislation can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied interests.

32There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws.

33If the rabble were lopped off at one end and the aristocrat at the other, all would be well with the country.

34If I am to be shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet.

35I am sworn to uphold the Constitution as Andy Johnson understands it and interprets it.

36Who, then, will govern? The answer must be, Man - for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs.

37It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word.

38I hold it the duty of the executive to insist upon frugality in the expenditure, and a sparing economy is itself a great national source.

39I have reached the summit of my ambition.