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Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. [not talent, not genius...] The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

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


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.

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.

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

Education will not (take the place of persistance); 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.

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

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

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.

I have never been hurt by what I have not said.

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

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

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

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

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 takes a great man to be a good listener.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

No man ever listened himself out of a job.

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.

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

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.

One with the law is a majority.

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

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

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

The chief business of the American people is business.

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.

The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.

Quotes by Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge

1872 to 1933

30th President of the United States

 
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