John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. 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. Soon after, he was elected as the 29th vice president in 1920 and succeeded to the presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923.
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.
Patriotism Is Easy To Understand In America. It Means Looking Out For Yourself By Looking Out For Your Country.
It Takes A Great Man To Be A Good Listener.
We Cannot Do Everything At Once, But We Can Do Something At Once.
Perhaps One Of The Most Important Accomplishments Of My Administration Has Been Minding My Own Business.
Those Who Trust To Chance Must Abide By The Results Of Chance.
There Is No Force So Democratic As The Force Of An Ideal.
The Nation Which Forgets Its Defenders Will Be Itself Forgotten.
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.
Industry, Thrift And Self-control Are Not Sought Because They Create Wealth, But Because They Create Character.
I Sometimes Wish That People Would Put A Little More Emphasis Upon The Observance Of The Law Than They Do Upon Its Enforcement.
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.
Little Progress Can Be Made By Merely Attempting To Repress What Is Evil. Our Great Hope Lies In Developing What Is Good.
They Criticize Me For Harping On The Obvious; If All The Folks In The United States Would Do The Few Simple Things They Know They Ought To Do, Most Of Our Big Problems Would Take Care Of Themselves.
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.
One With The Law Is A Majority.
The Slogan 'Press On' Has Solved And Always Will Solve The Problems Of The Human Race.
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.
Don't Expect To Build Up The Weak By Pulling Down The Strong.
If You See Ten Troubles Coming Down The Road, You Can Be Sure That Nine Will Run Into The Ditch Before They Reach You.
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.
It Is Only When Men Begin To Worship That They Begin To Grow.
To Live Under The American Constitution Is The Greatest Political Privilege That Was Ever Accorded To The Human Race.
No Person Was Ever Honored For What He Received. Honor Has Been The Reward For What He Gave.
Prosperity Is Only An Instrument To Be Used, Not A Deity To Be Worshipped.
There Is No Dignity Quite So Impressive, And No One Independence Quite So Important, As Living Within Your Means.
Collecting More Taxes Than Is Absolutely Necessary Is Legalized Robbery.
Four-fifths Of All Our Troubles Would Disappear, If We Would Only Sit Down And Keep Still.
When Large Numbers Of Men Are Unable To Find Work, Unemployment Results.
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.
The Right Thing To Do Never Requires Any Subterfuge, It Is Always Simple And Direct.
When People Are Bewildered They Tend To Become Credulous.
The Business Of America Is Business.
Knowledge Comes, But Wisdom Lingers. It May Not Be Difficult To Store Up In The Mind A Vast Quantity Of Facts 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.
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.
Any Man Who Does Not Like Dogs And Want Them About Does Not Deserve To Be In The White House.
Advertising Is The Life Of Trade.
Advertising Ministers To The Spiritual Side Of Trade. It Is Great Power That Has Been Entrusted To Your Keeping Which Charges You With The High Responsibility Of Inspiring And Ennobling The Commercial World. It Is All Part Of The Greater Work Of The Regeneration And Redemption Of Mankind.
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.
No Man Ever Listened Himself Out Of A Job.
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.
You Can't Know Too Much, But You Can Say Too Much.
All Growth Depends Upon Activity. There Is No Development Physically Or Intellectually Without Effort, And Effort Means Work.
Duty Is Not Collective; It Is Personal.
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.
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.
You Know, I Have Found Out In The Course Of A Long Public Life That The Things I Did Not Say Never Hurt Me.
Mass Demand Has Been Created Almost Entirely Through The Development Of Advertising.
If You Don't Say Anything, You Won't Be Called On To Repeat It.