John C. Calhoun

1782 - 1850

A Quote by John C. Calhoun on democracy, people, sacrifice, and understanding

Democracy, as I understand it, requires me to sacrifice myself for the masses, not to them. Who knows not that if you would save the people, you must often oppose them?

John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850)

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A Quote by John C. Calhoun on country, good, government, and individuality

The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.

John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850)

Source: Speech, Feb. 13, 1835.

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A Quote by John C. Calhoun on government, interest, people, and power

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.

John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850)

Source: Speech, May 27,1836. From this comes the phrase,’Cohesive power of public plunder’

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