Calvin Coolidge

  • American president
  • Born July 4, 1872
  • Died January 5, 1933

Calvin Coolidge (born John Calvin Coolidge Jr.; ; July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 30th president of the United States from 1923 to 1929. A Republican lawyer from New England, born in Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor. His response to the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight and gave him a reputation as a man of decisive action. The next year, he was elected vice president of the United States, and he succeeded to the presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923.

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

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

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

Duty is not collective; it is personal.

You can't know too much, but you can say too much.

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

When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.

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

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.

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

When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.

The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

One with the law is a majority.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

No man ever listened himself out of a job.

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.

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

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

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.