Grover Cleveland Quotes

"The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government its functions do not include the support of the people."

"I would rather the man who presents something for my consideration subject me to a zephyr of truth and a gentle breeze of responsibility rather than blow me down with a curtain of hot wind".

"There surely is no difference in his duties and obligations, whether a person is intrusted with the money of one man or many. And yet it sometimes appears as though the office-holder assumes that a different rule of fidelity prevails between him and the taxpayers "

"He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor."

"What is the use of being elected or reelected, unless you stand for something?"

"The truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in natural toil."

"The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard."

"Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters."

"A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves."

It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge."

"This vigilance on the part of the citizen, and an active interest and participation in political concerns, are the safeguards of his rights; but sluggish indifference to political privileges invites the machinations of those who wait to betray the people's trust."

"Parties may be so long in power, and may become so arrogant and careless of the interests of the people, as to grow heedless of their responsibility to their masters. But the time comes, as certainly as death, when the people weigh them in the balance."