famous president calvin coolidge quotes

Famous President Calvin Coolidge Quotes

“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. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“It takes a great man to be a good listener.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“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.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberality, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government. There are only two main theories of government in our world. One rests on righteousness and the other on force. One appeals to reason, and the other appeals to the sword. One is exemplified in the republic, the other is represented by despotism.

The government of a country never gets ahead of the religion of a country. There is no way by which we can substitute the authority of law for the virtue of man. Of course we endeavor to restrain the vicious, and furnish a fair degree of security and protection by legislation and police control, but the real reform which society in these days is seeking will come as a result of our religious convictions, or they will not come at all. Peace, justice, humanity, charity—these cannot be legislated into being. They are the result of divine grace.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only their conduct we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“No person was ever honored for what he recieved. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith in ourselves. We need to feel that behind us is intelligence and love. Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom.

Until we can reestablish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberty.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“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.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“Don’t you know that four fifths of all our troubles in this life would disappear if we would just sit down and keep still?”
― Calvin Coolidge


“Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“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.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“The nation which forgets it defenders will be itself forgotten.”
― Calvin Coolidge


“This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people were shackled with government monopolies.”
― Calvin Coolidge


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