Millard Fillmore, for those of you that forgot US history (including me), was the 13th President of the United States. He co-founded the University at Buffalo and he is the last President to not be a Democrat or a Republican. Here’s some quotes from this very distinguished, but not-so-often talked about President.
May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.
An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.
It is not strange… to mistake change for progress.
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.
Liberty unregulated by law degenerates into anarchy, which soon becomes the most horrid of all despotism.
Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking. Men of good character and impulses are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness.
I can hardly believe that any man born in American can possess other than an American heart.
It is a national disgrace that our Presidents, after having occupied the highest position in the country, should be cast adrift, and, perhaps, be compelled to keep a corner grocery for subsistence.
God knows that I detest slavery, but it is an existing evil, for which we are not responsible, and we must endure it, till we can get rid of it without destroying the last hope of free government in the world.
England at present wields the destinies of the commercial world, and her power is concentrated in London; but if this country can maintain its union, there are those now within the hearing of my voice who will live to see New York what London is now.
Nations, like individuals in a state of nature, are equal and independent, possessing certain rights and owing certain duties to each other.
Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom. Our own free institutions were not the offspring of our Revolution. They existed before.