The party in power, like Jonah’s gourd, grew up quickly, and will quickly fall.
It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson… even at the expense of my conscience and judgement. such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles.
I would rather be politically dead than hypocritically immortalized.
I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.
We must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living.
I would rather be beaten, and be a man, than to be elected and be a little puppy dog.
I have always supported measures and principles and not men.
Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them.
Heaven knows that I have done all that a mortal could do, to save the people, and the failure was not my fault, but the fault of others.
Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it!
If one man in the country could take all the money, what was the use of passing any bills about it?
The enemy fought with savage fury, and met death with all its horrors, without shrinking or complaining: not one asked to be spared, but fought as long as they could stand or sit.
We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.
Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.
You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.