Calvin Coolidge Quotes


Advertising is the life of trade. Calvin Coolidge Source: Mass demand has been created almost entirely through the development of advertising. Calvin Coolidge Source:

At Once

Being President

In the discharge of the duties of this office, there is one rule of action more important than all others. It consists in never doing anything that someone else can do for you." Calvin Coolidge Source:


The chief business of the American people is business. Calvin Coolidge, Speech in Washington, Jan. 17, 1925 Source: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Calvin Coolidge Source:


Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance. Calvin Coolidge Source:


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 Source:


The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes. Calvin Coolidge Source:


When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous. Calvin Coolidge Source:

Fighting Men

The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten. Calvin Coolidge Source:


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


Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion. Calvin Coolidge Source:


No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. Calvin Coolidge Source:


There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal. Calvin Coolidge Source:


"Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty." Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President Source: Speech, 1924


No man ever listened himself out of a job. Calvin Coolidge Source: It takes a great man to be a good listener. Calvin Coolidge Source:


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 Source:


One with the law is a majority. Calvin Coolidge Source:Speech july 27, 1920


Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. Calvin Coolidge Source:

Paying Attention

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 Source:


Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge Source:


If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress. Calvin Coolidge Source:


Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped. Calvin Coolidge Source:

Public Money

"Nothing is easier than spending public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody." Calvin Coolidge

Public Safety

There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time. Calvin Coolidge, in a telegram, 1919 Source:


I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say. Calvin Coolidge Source: If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it. Calvin Coolidge Source:

Right Thing

The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct. Calvin Coolidge Source:

Rights and Laws

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 Source:


"We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts.... Self-government means self-reliance." -- Calvin Coolidge


Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. Calvin Coolidge Source: "The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. The wise and correct course to follow in taxation is not to destroy those who have already secured success, but to create conditions under which everyone will have a better chance to be successful." -- Calvin Coolidge (1873-1933), 30th US President "No matter what anyone may say about making the rich and the corporations pay taxes, in the end they come out of the people who toil." Calvin Coolidge Source:


Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you. Calvin Coolidge Source: Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still. Calvin Coolidge Source:


When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results. Calvin Coolidge Source:

Weak and Strong

Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Calvin Coolidge Source:


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. Calvin Coolidge Source: US President's Web Ring Home Page Howie's Great Democratic Quote Page Howie's Stupid GOP Quote Page MidnightFlyer's Homepage Great Democratic Speeches Howie's Presidential and Political Page

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