Calvin Coolidge Quotes



 

"Men show, by what they worship, what they are."

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

"The chief business of the American people is business."

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

"...The measure of success is not merchandise, but character."

"The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten."

"Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance."

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

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

"Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing."

"Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments."

"Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty."

"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."

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

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

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

"Fate bestows it rewards on those who put themselves in the proper attitude to receive them."

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

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

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

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

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

"Have faith in your country, have faith in one another, and above all so live and act that you may be able to say: I have kept the faith."

"Great ideas do not burst upon the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"The American Revolution represented the informed and mature convictions of a great mass of independent, liberty-loving, God-fearing people who knew their rights, and possessed the courage to dare to maintain them."

"If no one is to be accounted as born into a superior station, if there is to be no ruling class, and if all possess rights which can neither be bartered away nor taken from them by any earthly power, it follows as a matter of course that the practical authority of the Government has to rest on the consent of the governed."

"Christmas represents love and mercy. It was ushered in by the star of hope and remains forever consecrated by the sacrifice of the cross. Christmas holds its place in the hearts of men because they know that love is the greatest thing in the world. Christmas is celebrated in the true spirit only by those who make some sacrifice for the benefit of their fellow men."

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

”Everything of value starts in the heart. If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. Where there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”

"Nothing in the 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. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

"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 prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form."

"Great ideas do not burst upon the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance. This is especially true of the principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence. Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed."

"No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com