Calvin Coolidge Quotes (71 Quotes)


    Nothing is easier than the expenditure of public money. It doesn't appear to belong to anyone. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody.

    Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.


    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.

    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.


    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.

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

    If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.

    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.

    If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.

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

    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.

    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.

    Not all those who are attempting to conduct successful businesses are profiteers


    I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

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

    The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism.

    There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time

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

    Education will not (take the place of persistence) 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.

    When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results.

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

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

    When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.

    When you see 10 troubles rolling down the road, if you don't do anything, 9 of them will roll into a ditch before they get to you.

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


    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.

    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.

    The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.

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

    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.


    Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.


    The Constitution is the sole source and guaranty of national freedom

    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.


    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.

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

    Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberality and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government. There are only two main theories of government in the world. One rests on righteousness and the other on force. One appeals to reason, the other appeals to the sword. One is exemplified in a republic, the other is represented by a despotism. 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 law for the virtue of men. Of course we can help to restrain the vicious and furnish a fair degree of security and protection by legislation and police control, but the real reform which society in these days is seeking will come as a result of religious convictions, or they will not come at all. Peace, justice, charity- these cannot be legislated into being. They are the result of Divine Grace.

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Never go out to meet trouble. If you just sit still, nine cases out of ten, someone will intercept it before it reaches you.

    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.


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