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

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

— Calvin Coolidge



Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


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

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

— Calvin Coolidge


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

The country is not in good condition.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


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

What we need is not more Federal government, but better local government.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

If you can get enough votes so that mine will make a majority, you can have it.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

Nobody will ever forget what I’ve accomplished.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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



Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Government price-fixing once started, has alike no justice and no end. It is an economic folly from which this country has every right to be spared.”

Government price-fixing once started, has alike no justice and no end. It is an economic folly from which this country has every right to be spared.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


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

Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained by unremitting effort.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

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

— Calvin Coolidge


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

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

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments.”

Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


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

Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “All growth depends upon activity.”

All growth depends upon activity.

— Calvin Coolidge



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

We do not need more knowledge, we need more character!

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “I want taxes to be less, that the people may have more.”

I want taxes to be less, that the people may have more.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “I should think that an ordinary copy of the King James version would have been good enough for those Congressmen.”

I should think that an ordinary copy of the King James version would have been good enough for those Congressmen.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The danger to America is not in the direction of the failure to maintain its economic position, but in the direction of the failure to maintain its ideals.”

The danger to America is not in the direction of the failure to maintain its economic position, but in the direction of the failure to maintain its ideals.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “It would be difficult to conceive a finer example of true sport.”

It would be difficult to conceive a finer example of true sport.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “It has become the custom in our country to expect all Chief Executives, from the President down, to conduct activities analogous to an entertainment bureau. No occasion is too trivial for its promoters to invite them to attend and deliver an address.”

It has become the custom in our country to expect all Chief Executives, from the President down, to conduct activities analogous to an entertainment bureau. No occasion is too trivial for its promoters to invite them to attend and deliver an address.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Business will be either better or worse.”

Business will be either better or worse.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “There is no escaping the fact that when the taxation of large incomes is excessive, they tend to disappear.”

There is no escaping the fact that when the taxation of large incomes is excessive, they tend to disappear.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

Why don’t we just buy one airplane and let the pilots take turns flying it.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The man who builds a factory builds a temple, that the man who works there worships there, and to each is due, not scorn and blame, but reverence and praise.”

The man who builds a factory builds a temple, that the man who works there worships there, and to each is due, not scorn and blame, but reverence and praise.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The only hope of a short war is to prepare for a long one.”

The only hope of a short war is to prepare for a long one.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.”

Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “It would be folly to argue that the people cannot make political mistakes. They can and do make grave mistakes. They know it, they pay the penalty, but compared with the mistakes which have been made by every kind of autocracy they are unimportant.”

It would be folly to argue that the people cannot make political mistakes. They can and do make grave mistakes. They know it, they pay the penalty, but compared with the mistakes which have been made by every kind of autocracy they are unimportant.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”

It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Inflation is repudiation.”

Inflation is repudiation.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people were shackled with government monopolies.”

This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people were shackled with government monopolies.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Our country represents nothing but peaceful intentions toward all the earth, but it ought not to fail to maintain such a military force as comports with the dignity and security of a great people.”

Our country represents nothing but peaceful intentions toward all the earth, but it ought not to fail to maintain such a military force as comports with the dignity and security of a great people.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Look well to the hearthstone; therein all hope for America lies.”

Look well to the hearthstone; therein all hope for America lies.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

I have never been hurt by what I have not said.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The Jews themselves, of whom a considerable number were already scattered throughout the colonies, were true to the teachings of their prophets. The Jewish faith is predominantly the faith of liberty.”

The Jews themselves, of whom a considerable number were already scattered throughout the colonies, were true to the teachings of their prophets. The Jewish faith is predominantly the faith of liberty.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

If we expect others to rely on our fairness and justice we must show that we rely on their fairness and justice.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “You know, I have found out in the course of a long public life that the things I did not say never hurt me.”

You know, I have found out in the course of a long public life that the things I did not say never hurt me.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self-government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline.”

No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self-government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “I shouldn’t want you to be surprised, or to draw any particular inference from my making speeches, or not making speeches, out there. I don’t recall any candidate for President that ever injured himself very much by not talking.”

I shouldn’t want you to be surprised, or to draw any particular inference from my making speeches, or not making speeches, out there. I don’t recall any candidate for President that ever injured himself very much by not talking.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “War is the rule of force, and peace is the reign of law.”

War is the rule of force, and peace is the reign of law.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Nordics deteriorate when mixed with other races.”

Nordics deteriorate when mixed with other races.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


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

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

— Calvin Coolidge

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