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Calvin Coolidge

1872-1933 ,  American President [1923-1929]
Calvin CoolidgeThe 30th president of the United States (1923–29). Coolidge acceded to the presidency after the death in office of Warren G. Harding, just as the Harding scandals were coming to light. He restored integrity to the executive branch of the federal government while continuing the conservative pro-business policies of his predecessor.
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It is characteristic of the unlearned that they are forever proposing something which is old, and because it has recently come to their own attention, supposing it to be new.

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

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

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you and you have to battle with only one of them.

It is not industry, but idleness, that is degrading.

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

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

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

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

Wealth comes from industry and from the hard experience of human toil. To dissipate it in waste and extravagance is disloyalty to humanity.

Democracy is not a tearing down; it is a building up. It does not denial of the divine right of kings; it asserts the divine right of all men.

Civilization and profits go hand in hand.

The business of America is business.

It is our theory that the people own the government, not that the government should own the people.

You don't have to explain something you haven't said.

The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be 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.

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

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.

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

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

Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.

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

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

But there is a very definite point beyond which we can not go. We can only help those who help themselves.

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

When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.

No man ever listened himself out of a job.


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