143+ Best Calvin Coolidge Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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

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

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

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. – Calvin Coolidge

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

In life there is nothing more common than talent and intelligence. What is missing is passion, persistence, commitment, and dedication. – 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

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

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. – Calvin Coolidge

If American democracy is to remain the greatest hope of humanity, it must continue abundantly in the faith of the Bible – Calvin Coolidge

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. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

Our domestic problems are for the most part economic. We have our enormous debt to pay, and we are paying it. We have the high cost of government to diminish, and we are diminishing it. We have a heavy burden of taxation to reduce, and we are reducing it. But while remarkable progress has been made in these directions, the work is yet far from accomplished. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments. This is both historically and logically true. Of course, the government can help to sustain ideals and can create institutions through which they can be the better observed, but their source by their very nature is in the people. The people have to bear their own responsibilities. There is no method by which that burden can be shifted to the government. It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation. – Calvin Coolidge

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

The most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential. – Calvin Coolidge

The welfare of the weakest and the welfare of the most powerful are inseparably bound together. … The general welfare cannot be provided for in any one act, but it is well to remember that the benefit of one is the benefit of all, and the neglect of one is the neglect of all. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Anytime you don’t want anything you get it. – Calvin Coolidge

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

It takes a great man to be a good listener. – Calvin Coolidge

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. – Calvin Coolidge

Surprisingly few men are lacking in capacity, but they fail because… they are too indolent to apply themselves with the seriousness and the attention that is necessary to solve important problems. – Calvin Coolidge

I cannot think of anything characteristically American that was not produced by toil. I cannot think of any American man or woman preeminent in the history of our nation who did not reach their place through toil. I cannot think of anything that represents the American people as a whole so adequately as honest work. – Calvin Coolidge

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means. – Calvin Coolidge

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Those who want their rights respected under the Constitution and the law ought to set the example themselves of observing the Constitution and the law. While there may be those of high intelligence who violate the law at times, the barbarian and the defective always violate it. Those who disregard the rules of society are not exhibiting a superior intelligence, are not promoting freedom and independence, are not following the path of civilization, but are displaying the traits of ignorance, of servitude, of savagery, and treading the way that leads back to the jungle. – 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

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

Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

Money will not purchase character or good government. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government, and more for themselves – 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

You can’t know too much, but you can say too much. – Calvin Coolidge

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. – Calvin Coolidge

If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government… The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure. – Calvin Coolidge

I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form. – Calvin Coolidge

Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. – Calvin Coolidge

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. – Calvin Coolidge

Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their government, they will find that their government has taken charge of them. Independence and liberty will be gone, and the general public will find itself in a condition of servitude to an aggregation of organized and selfish interest. – Calvin Coolidge

We do not need more material development; we need more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power; we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge; we need more character. We do not need more government; we need more culture. We do not need more law; we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. It is on that side of life that it is desirable to put the emphasis at the present time. If that side be strengthened, the other side will take care of itself. – Calvin Coolidge

Whether one traces his Americanism back three centuries to the Mayflower, or three years to the steerage, is not half so important as whether his Americanism of today is real and genuine. No matter by what various crafts we came here, we are all now in the same boat. – Calvin Coolidge

You can’t increase prosperity by taxing success. – Calvin Coolidge

There are always those who are willing to surrender local self-government and turn over their affairs to some national authority in exchange for a payment of money out of the Federal Treasury. Whenever they find some abuse needs correction in their neighborhood, instead of applying the remedy themselves they seek to have a tribunal sent on from Washington to discharge their duties for them, regardless of the fact that in accepting such supervision they are bartering away their freedom. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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. – Calvin Coolidge

If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. – Calvin Coolidge

Coincident with the right of individual property under the provisions of our Government is the right of individual property… When once the right of the individual to liberty and equality is admitted, there is no escape from the conclusion that he alone is entitled to the rewards of his own industry. Any other conclusion would necessarily imply either privilege or servitude. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

Life is one darn thing after another. – Calvin Coolidge

One of the first lessons a president has to learn is that every word he says weighs a ton. – 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

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

There is no surer road to destruction than prosperity without character. – Calvin Coolidge

The Constitution is the sole source and guaranty of national freedom. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Duty is not collective; it is personal. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts 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

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm. – 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

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

It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow. – Calvin Coolidge

The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – 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

Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion. – 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

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

I have never been hurt by what I have not said. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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. – 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

When people are bewildered, they tend to become credulous. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

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

When large numbers of men are unable to find work unemployment results – Calvin Coolidge

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

No man ever listened himself out of a job. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

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

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. – Calvin Coolidge

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

The things I never say never get me into trouble. – Calvin Coolidge

Of course, the accumulation of wealth cannot be justified as the chief end of existence, – 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

No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward a time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient than those of our Revolutionary ancestors. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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. – Calvin Coolidge

The country is not in good condition. – Calvin Coolidge

It has not been my fortune to know very much of Freemasonry, but I have had the great fortune to know many Freemasons and have been able in that way to judge the tree by its fruit. I know of your high ideals. I have seen that you hold your meetings in the presence of the open Bible, and I know that men who observe that formality have high sentiments of citizenship, of worth, and character. That is the strength of our Commonwealth and nation. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Measured by the standards of men of their time, [the Pilgrims] were the humble of the earth. Measured by later accomplishments, they were the mighty. In appearance weak and persecuted they came — rejected, despised — an insignificant band; in reality strong and independent, a mighty host of whom the world was not worthy destined to free mankind. – Calvin Coolidge

Industry cannot flourish if labor languish. – Calvin Coolidge

No Congress of the United States ever assembled, on surveying the state of the Union, has met with a more pleasing prospect than that which appears at the present time. In the domestic field there is tranquillity and contentment, harmonious relations between management and wage earner, freedom from industrial strife, and the highest record of years of prosperity. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

Eat it up, make it do, wear it out. – Calvin Coolidge

Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. – 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 think the American public wants a solemn ass as a president, and I think I’ll go along with them. – Calvin Coolidge

It is necessary to have party organization if we are to have effective and efficient government. The only difference between a mob and a trained army is organization, and the only difference between a disorganized country and one that has the advantage of a wise and sound government is fundamentally a question of organization. – Calvin Coolidge

The doctrine of the Declaration of Independence predicated upon the glory of man and the corresponding duty to society that the rights of citizens ought to be protected with every power and resource of the state, and a government that does any less is false to the teachings of that great document false to the name American. – Calvin Coolidge

I do not choose to run for President in 1928. – Calvin Coolidge

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

Realizing that we cannot live unto ourselves alone, we have contributed of our resources and our counsel to the relief of the suffering and the settlement of the disputes among the European nations. Because of what America is and what America has done, a firmer courage, a higher hope, inspires the heart of all humanity. – Calvin Coolidge

Parties do not maintain themselves. They are maintained by effort. The government is not self-existent. It is maintained by the effort of those who believe in it. The people of America believe in American institutions, the American form of government and the American method of transacting business. – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

I guess I am not naturally energetic. I like to sit around and talk. – Calvin Coolidge

Under our institutions each individual is born to sovereignty. Whatever he may adopt as a means of livelihood, his real business is serving his country. He cannot hold himself above his fellow men. The greatest place of command is really the place of obedience, and the greatest place of honor is really the place of service. – Calvin Coolidge

Governments are necessarily continuing concerns. They have to keep going in good times and in bad. They therefore need a wide margin of safety. If taxes and debt are made all the people can bear when times are good, there will be certain disaster when times are bad. – Calvin Coolidge

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

All growth depends upon activity. – Calvin Coolidge

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