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Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. Under this Republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them.”

The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. Under this Republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them.

— Calvin Coolidge



Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Works which endure come from the soul of the people. The mighty in their pride walk alone to destruction. The humble walk hand in hand with providence to immortality. Their works survive.”

Works which endure come from the soul of the people. The mighty in their pride walk alone to destruction. The humble walk hand in hand with providence to immortality. Their works survive.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “We must have no carelessness in our dealings with public property or the expenditure of public money. Such a condition is characteristic either of an undeveloped people, or of a decadent civilization. America is neither.”

We must have no carelessness in our dealings with public property or the expenditure of public money. Such a condition is characteristic either of an undeveloped people, or of a decadent civilization. America is neither.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Mass demand has been created almost entirely through the development of advertising.”

Mass demand has been created almost entirely through the development of advertising.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

Everyone has an influence on public affairs if he will take the trouble to exert it.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The centralization of power in Washington, which nearly all members of Congress deplore in their speech and then support by their votes, steadily increases.”

The centralization of power in Washington, which nearly all members of Congress deplore in their speech and then support by their votes, steadily increases.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Our doctrine of equality and liberty and humanity comes from our belief in the brotherhood of man, through the fatherhood of God.”

Our doctrine of equality and liberty and humanity comes from our belief in the brotherhood of man, through the fatherhood of God.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Baseball is our national game.”

Baseball is our national game.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people.”

I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Few people are lacking in capacity, but they fail because they are lacking in application.”

Few people are lacking in capacity, but they fail because they are lacking in application.

— Calvin Coolidge



Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Advertising is the life of trade.”

Advertising is the life of trade.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “America has but one main problem – the character of the men and women it shall produce.”

America has but one main problem – the character of the men and women it shall produce.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Wherever despotism abounds, the sources of public information are the first to be brought under its control.”

Wherever despotism abounds, the sources of public information are the first to be brought under its control.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “I do not choose to run for President in 1928.”

I do not choose to run for President in 1928.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

The man who builds a factory, builds a temple.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “A lost article invariably shows up after you replace it.”

A lost article invariably shows up after you replace it.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “There is no justification for public interference with purely private concerns.”

There is no justification for public interference with purely private concerns.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.

— Calvin Coolidge



Calvin Coolidge Quote: “In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience of the law.”

In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience of the law.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “It is very difficult to reconcile the American ideal of a sovereign people capable of owning and managing their own government with an inability to own and manage their own business.”

It is very difficult to reconcile the American ideal of a sovereign people capable of owning and managing their own government with an inability to own and manage their own business.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “We have got so many regulatory laws already that in general I feel that we would be just as well off if we didn’t have any more.”

We have got so many regulatory laws already that in general I feel that we would be just as well off if we didn’t have any more.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “We cannot permit any inquisition either within or without the law or apply any religious test to the holding of office. The mind of America must be forever free.”

We cannot permit any inquisition either within or without the law or apply any religious test to the holding of office. The mind of America must be forever free.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.”

When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “I think the Senate ought to realize that I have to have about me those in whom I have confidence; and unless they find a real blemish on a man, I do not think they ought to make partisan politics out of appointments to the Cabinet.”

I think the Senate ought to realize that I have to have about me those in whom I have confidence; and unless they find a real blemish on a man, I do not think they ought to make partisan politics out of appointments to the Cabinet.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “These things do not happen by chance. There is much less luck in public affairs than some suppose.”

These things do not happen by chance. There is much less luck in public affairs than some suppose.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Can those entrusted with the gravest authority set any example save that of the sternest obedience to the law?”

Can those entrusted with the gravest authority set any example save that of the sternest obedience to the law?

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “You don’t have to explain something you never said.”

You don’t have to explain something you never said.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Coolidge expressed his “sympathy with the deep and intense longing which finds such fine expression in the Jewish National Homeland in Palestine.””

Coolidge expressed his “sympathy with the deep and intense longing which finds such fine expression in the Jewish National Homeland in Palestine.”

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “A government which requires of the people the contribution of the bulk of their substance and rewards cannot be classed as a free government...”

A government which requires of the people the contribution of the bulk of their substance and rewards cannot be classed as a free government...

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “We want wealth, but there are many other things we want very much more. Among them are peace, honor, charity, and idealism.”

We want wealth, but there are many other things we want very much more. Among them are peace, honor, charity, and idealism.

— Calvin Coolidge


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

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


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Anytime you don’t want anything you get it.”

Anytime you don’t want anything you get it.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “We need not concern ourselves much about rights of property if we faithfully observe the rights of persons.”

We need not concern ourselves much about rights of property if we faithfully observe the rights of persons.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “It is characteristic of the unlearned that they are forever proposing something which is old, and because it has recently come to their own attention, supposing it to be new.”

It is characteristic of the unlearned that they are forever proposing something which is old, and because it has recently come to their own attention, supposing it to be new.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Prosperity cannot be divorced from humanity.”

Prosperity cannot be divorced from humanity.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “We draw our Presidents from the people. It is a wholesome thing for them to return to the people. I came from them. I wish to be one of them again.”

We draw our Presidents from the people. It is a wholesome thing for them to return to the people. I came from them. I wish to be one of them again.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “We have too much legislating by clamor, by tumult, by pressure. Representative government ceases when outside influence of any kind is substituted for the judgment of the representative.”

We have too much legislating by clamor, by tumult, by pressure. Representative government ceases when outside influence of any kind is substituted for the judgment of the representative.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “A display of reason rather than a threat of force should be the determining factor in the intercourse among nations.”

A display of reason rather than a threat of force should be the determining factor in the intercourse among nations.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The attempt to regulate, control, and prescribe all manner of conduct and social relations is very old. It was always the practice of primitive peoples.”

The attempt to regulate, control, and prescribe all manner of conduct and social relations is very old. It was always the practice of primitive peoples.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “After order and liberty, economy is one of the highest essentials of a free government.”

After order and liberty, economy is one of the highest essentials of a free government.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “You have to stand every day three or four hours of visitors. Nine-tenths of them want something they ought not to have. If you keep dead-still they will run down in three or four minutes. If you even cough or smile they will start up all over again.”

You have to stand every day three or four hours of visitors. Nine-tenths of them want something they ought not to have. If you keep dead-still they will run down in three or four minutes. If you even cough or smile they will start up all over again.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “The property of the people belongs to the people. To take it from them by taxation cannot be justified except by urgent public necessity. Unless this principle be recognized our country is no longer secure, our people no longer free.”

The property of the people belongs to the people. To take it from them by taxation cannot be justified except by urgent public necessity. Unless this principle be recognized our country is no longer secure, our people no longer free.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness.”

It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “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.”

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


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Eat it up, make it do, wear it out.”

Eat it up, make it do, wear it out.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.”

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “Unless we lay our course in accordance with this principle, the great power for good in the world with which we have been intrusted by a Divine Providence will be turned to a power for evil.”

Unless we lay our course in accordance with this principle, the great power for good in the world with which we have been intrusted by a Divine Providence will be turned to a power for evil.

— Calvin Coolidge


Calvin Coolidge Quote: “It is not easy to conceive of anything that would be more unfortunate in a community based upon the ideals of which Americans boast than any considerable development of intolerance as regards religion.”

It is not easy to conceive of anything that would be more unfortunate in a community based upon the ideals of which Americans boast than any considerable development of intolerance as regards religion.

— Calvin Coolidge

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