Calvin Coolidge was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 30th president of the United States from 1923 to 1929. Profoundly inspirational Calvin Coolidge quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.
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Famous Calvin Coolidge Quotes
There is no justification for public interference with purely private concerns.
It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
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.
If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it.
If the Government gets into business on any large scale, we soon find that the beneficiaries attempt to play a large part in the control. While in theory it is to serve the public, in practice it will be very largely serving private interests. It comes to be regarded as a species of government favor and those who are the most adroit get the larger part of it.
What men owe to the love and help of good women can never be told.
In its main features the Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document. It is a declaration not of material but of spiritual conceptions. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man – these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals. They have their source and their roots in the religious convictions. They belong to the unseen world. Unless the faith of the American people in these religious convictions is to endure, the principles of our Declaration will perish. We cannot continue to enjoy the result if we neglect and abandon the cause.
We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. . .But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.
Nothing in this 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.
I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
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.
It is not in violence and crime that our greatest danger lies. These evils are so perfectly apparent that they very quickly arouse the moral power of the people for their suppression. A far more serious danger lurks in the shirking of those responsibilities of citizenship, where the evil may not be so noticeable but is more insidious and likely to be more devastating.
The only way I know to drive out evil from the country is by the constructive method of filling it with good.
We need not concern ourselves much about rights of property if we faithfully observe the rights of persons.
It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith in ourselves. We need to feel that behind us is intelligence and love. Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. 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.
Anytime you don’t want anything you get it.
In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience of the law.
Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.
Nations are beginning to look to some vague organization, some nebulous course of humanity, to pay their bills and tell them what to do. This is not local self-government. It is not American. It is not the method which has made this country what it is. We can not maintain the western standard of civilization on that theory. If it is supported at all, it will have to be supported on the principle of individual responsibility.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government, and more for themselves
Inspirational Calvin Coolidge Quotes
Restricted immigration is not an offensive but purely a defensive action. It is not adopted in criticism of others in the slightest degree, but solely for the purpose of protecting ourselves. We cast no aspersions on any race or creed, but we must remember that every object of our institutions of society and government will fail unless America be kept American.
Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.
In life there is nothing more common than talent and intelligence. What is missing is passion, persistence, commitment, and dedication.
If American democracy is to remain the greatest hope of humanity, it must continue abundantly in the faith of the Bible
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
Mass demand has been created almost entirely through the development of advertising.
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.
There is far more danger of harm than there is hope of good in any radical changes.
This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people were shackled with government monopolies.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
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.
If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.
Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained by unremitting effort.
Not long ago I heard a Navy chaplain refer to the sage advice of the Apostle to put first things first…If we are to heed the admonition to put first things first…one of the main essentials which lies at the very beginning of civilization is that of security.
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.
It would be difficult to conceive a finer example of true sport.
Advertising ministers to the spiritual side of trade. It is great power that has been entrusted to your keeping which charges you with the high responsibility of inspiring and ennobling the commercial world. It is all part of the greater work of the regeneration and redemption of mankind.
There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.
I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.
Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.
We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
When large numbers of men are unable to find work unemployment results
While I do not think it was so intended I have always been of the opinion that this turned out to be much the best for me. I had no national experience. What I have ever been able to do has been the result of first learning how to do it. I am not gifted with intuition. I need not only hard work but experience to be ready to solve problems. The Presidents who have gone to Washington without first having held some national office have been at great disadvantage.
Wherever despotism abounds, the sources of public information are the first to be brought under its control.