Calvin Coolidge Quotes

Calvin Coolidge, an American attorney and statesman, held the office of the 30th President of the United States from 1923 to 1929. Hailing from Vermont, Coolidge, a Republican attorney from New England, ascended through the ranks of Massachusetts politics and ultimately assumed the role of the state’s 48th governor. Wikipedia

“Advertising is the most potent influence in adapting and changing the habits and modes of life affecting what we eat, what we wear, and the work and play of a whole nation.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The door of opportunity swings wide open in our country. Through it, in constant flow, go those who toil. America recognizes no aristocracy save those who work. The badge of service is the sole requirement for admission to the ranks of our nobility.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“There is only one form of political strategy in which I have any confidence, and that is to try to do the right thing and sometimes be able to succeed.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Despotism has forever had a powerful hold upon the world. Autocratic government, not self-government, has been the prevailing state of mankind. The record of past history is the record, not of the success of republics, but of their failure.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The country is not in good condition.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Nobody will ever forget what I’ve accomplished.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“One of the first lessons a president has to learn is that every word he says weighs a ton.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“History reveals no civilized people among whom there was not a highly educated class and large aggregations of wealth. Large profits mean large payrolls.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Nature is inexorable. If men do not follow the truth they cannot live.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Industry cannot flourish if labor languish.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Money will not purchase character or good government.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Your ability to face setbacks and disappointments without giving up will be the measure of your ability to succeed.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Advertising is the life of trade.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I am for economy. After that I am for more economy. At this time and under present conditions that is my conception of serving all the people.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The government can supply no substitute for enterprise.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“There is far more danger of harm than there is hope of good in any radical changes.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I did not see the sense in chasing a little white ball around a field.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny. It condemns the citizen to servitude.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Character is the only secure foundation of the state.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Civilization and profits go hand in hand.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Men do not make laws. They do but discover them.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“As I went about with my father, when he collected taxes, I knew that when taxes were laid someone had to work hard to earn the money to pay them.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Never go out to meet trouble. If you just sit still, nine cases out of ten, someone will intercept it before it reaches you.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Education should be the handmaid of citizenship.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The best help that benevolence and philanthropy can give is that which induces everybody to help himself.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The only way I know to drive out evil from the country is by the constructive method of filling it with good.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“No man ever listened himself out of a job.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace, or ensure it of victory in time of war.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“What men owe to the love and help of good women can never be told.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The man who builds a factory, builds a temple.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Whenever I indulge my sense of humor, it gets me into trouble.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The presidency does not yield to definition. Like the glory of a morning sunrise, it can be experienced.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The final solution for unemployment is work.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Theodore Roosevelt was always getting himself in hot water by talking before he had to commit himself upon issues not well-defined.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“No one ever lost his job by listening too much.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“School is not the end but only the beginning of an education.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Human nature provides sufficient distrust of all that is alien, so that there is no need of any artificial supply.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Honorable Senators: My sincerest thanks I offer you. Conserve the firm foundations of our institutions. Do your work with the spirit of a soldier in the public service. Be loyal to the Commonwealth and to yourselves and be brief; above all be brief.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“A colored man is precisely as much entitled to submit his candidacy in a party primary, as is any other citizen. The decision must be made by the constituents to whom he offers himself, and by nobody else.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Any reward that is worth having only comes to the industrious. The success which is made in any walk of life is measured almost exactly by the amout of hard work that is put into it.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“In other periods of depression, it has always been possible to see some things which were solid and upon which you could base hope, but as I look about, I now see nothing to give ground to hope-nothing of man.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government, and more for themselves.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I always figured the American public wanted a solemn ass for president, so I went along with them.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The government of a country never gets ahead of the religion of a country. There is no way by which we can substitute the authority of the law for the virtues of men.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The only difference between a mob and a trained army is organization.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“No person was ever honored for what he recieved. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The business of America is business. ” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“In life there is nothing more common than talent and intelligence. What is missing is passion, persistence, commitment, and dedication.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“We do not need more knowledge, we need more character!” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The American Revolution represented the informed and mature convictions of a great mass of independent, liberty-loving, God-fearing people who knew their rights, and possessed the courage to dare to maintain them.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Wealth comes from industry and from the hard experience of human toil. To dissipate it in waste and extravagance is disloyalty to humanity.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“American ideals do not require to be changed so much as they require to be understood and applied.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“What the end of the carnage of World War II meant to those who remember it, can never be forgotten, but to all those who don’t, its meaning can never be fully understood!” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The words of the President have an enormous weight and ought not to be used indiscriminately.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The world is full of educated derelicts.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“If you can get enough votes so that mine will make a majority, you can have it.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Don’t hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don’t hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“You can’t increase prosperity by taxing success.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I have never been hurt by what I have not said.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Teaching is one of the noblest of professions. It requires an adequate preparation and training, patience, devotion, and a deep sense of responsibility. Those who mold the human mind have wrought not for time, but for eternity.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The two great political parties of the nation have existed for the purpose, each in accordance with its own principles, of undertaking to serve the interests of the whole nation. Their members of the Congress are chosen with that great end in view.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I guess I am not naturally energetic. I like to sit around and talk.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Changing a college curriculum is like moving a graveyard-you never know how many friends the dead have until you try to move them!” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“We do not need to import any foreign economic ideas or any foreign government. We had better stick to the American brand of government, the American brand of equality, and the American brand of wages. America had better stay American.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only their conduct we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“If we expect others to rely on our fairness and justice we must show that we rely on their fairness and justice.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained by unremitting effort.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“There is no surer road to destruction than prosperity without character.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The fundamental precept of liberty is toleration.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“One of the greatest favors that can be bestowed upon the American people is economy in government.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“I do not want to see any of the people cringing supplicants for the favor of the Government, when they should all be independent masters of their own destiny.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“What we need is not more Federal government, but better local government.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“What we need in appointive positions is men of knowledge and experience who have sufficient character to resist temptations.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“It has been my observation in life that, if one will only exercise the patience to wait, his wants are likely to be filled.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“It is a great advantage to a President, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Why don’t we just buy one airplane and let the pilots take turns flying it.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Silence can never be misquoted.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“You can’t know too much, but you can say too much.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Everyone has an influence on public affairs if he will take the trouble to exert it.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“One with the law is a majority.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“We are too solicitous for government intervention, on the theory, first, that the people themselves are helpless, and second, that the Government has superior capacity for action. Often times both of these conclusions are wrong.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“No enterprise can exist for itself alone.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“All growth depends upon activity.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important and that his work well done is a part of an unending plan.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“There’s more, much more, to Christmas Than candlelight and cheer; It’s the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It’s thoughtfulness and kindness, It’s hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men!” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Self-government means self support.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“Wherever we look, the work of the chemist has raised the level of our civilization and has increased the productive capacity of the nation.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

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