John Adams, the first vice president: "I am Vice President. In this I am nothing, but I may be everything."
John Adams, the first person to utterly despise the vice presidency: "My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived."
Founding father Roger Sherman: "If the vice-President were not to be President of the Senate, he would be without employment."
Former vice president Thomas R. Marshall: "Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea; the other was elected vice president of the United States. And nothing was heard of either of them again."
Teddy Roosevelt, before becoming vice president: "I would a great deal rather be anything, say professor of history, than Vice-President." (He also said that the position is "not a steppingstone to anything except oblivion.")
Former vice president Harry Truman: "Look at all the Vice Presidents in history. Where are they? They were about as useful as a cow's fifth teat."
An aide describes LBJ's vice presidency: "It was a time of deprivation. He grew very fat and drank a lot. He took up some golf, I recall, but not with enthusiasm."
Former vice president Nelson Rockefeller discusses former vice president LBJ: "The 'real shocker,' he relates, was an encounter with an 'absolutely frustrated, absolutely furious' Lyndon Johnson in a hotel room in Miami where 'nobody was paying attention to him.'"
Former vice president Spiro Agnew: "It is a damned peculiar situation to be in, to have authority and a title and responsibility with no real power to do anything. I think it is the hardest adjustment for a man to make."
Former vice president Walter Mondale: "Over most of America's history, the vice president has been standby equipment."
A 1983 article on White House cats published in The Washington Post noted that, "being feline at the White House is only a little worse than being vice president."
Former vice president Dan Quayle: "The job is just awkward, an awkward job."
Dick Cheney, eight years before he became vice president: "It's an uncomfortable position to be in. The vice president is there sort of as an overall generalist. ... He's here as the president's understudy, in a sense."
Presidential historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr.: "The vice presidency became a resting place for mediocrities."
A character on "Veep" to one of Selina Meyer's staffers: "You're the secretary to the vice president. That's like being Garfunkel's roadie, okay?"
Correction: An earlier version of this post referenced founding father Robert Sherman; his name is Roger Sherman.