“This provident forecast has been verified by time. Half a century, teeming with extraordinary events, and elsewhere producing astonishing results, has passed along, but on our institutions it has left no injurious mark. From a small community we have risen to a people powerful in numbers and in strength; but with our increase has gone hand in hand the progress of just principles. The privileges, civil and religious, of the humblest individual are still sacredly protected at home, and while the valor and fortitude of our people have removed far from us the slightest apprehension of foreign power, they have not yet induced us in a single instance to forget what is right.”
–Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States
Quote Number: 892
Source: Van Buren, Martin. “A More Perfect Union.” Speech, Washington D.C., March 04, 1837. The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=25812.