Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.
Grover Cleveland (1837 - 1908)
Contributed by: Zaady
It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge.
Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.
Honor lies in honest toil.
A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.
Party honesty is party expediency.
Source: Interview in New York Commercial Advertiser, Sept. 19, 1889.
I have tried so hard to do the right.
I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor.
Source: Veto of Dependent Pension Bill, July 5, 1888.
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.
Source: Inaugural Address, March 4, 1893
Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute the laws which the people have made.
Source: Letter accepting the nomination for governor of New York, October 1882
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