Famous Quotes By Calvin Coolidge


  1. 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.
  2. All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
  3. 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.
  4. Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
  5. Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
  6. 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.
  7. I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
  8. I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
  9. 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.
  10. It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
  11. It takes a great man to be a good listener.
  12. Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
  17. Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.
  18. The business of America is business.
  19. 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.
  20. Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.
  21. 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.
  22. We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight.
  23. When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.

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