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James K. Polk
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"It has been well observed that the office of President of the United States should neither be sought nor declined. I have never sought it, nor should I feel at liberty to decline it, if conferred upon me by the voluntary suffrages of my fellow citizens. "
- On his nomination

"I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign."
 
"No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure."
 
"There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S."
 
"With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses."
 
"It has been well observed that the office of President of the United States should neither be sought nor declined. I have never sought it, nor should I feel at liberty to decline it, if conferred upon me by the voluntary suffrages of my fellow citizens. "
- On his nomination
 
"I love you, Sarah. For all eternity, I love you."
- Last words
 
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