Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States and served in office from 1923 to 1929. These Calvin Coolidge quotes are collected from a man who was popular for his determination to preserve an old moral mindset in a world that was quickly becoming more material and promiscuous.
Coolidge served as vice president to President Harding and became president when Harding unexpectedly died of a heart attack.
Coolidge received the news of Harding’s death in the middle of the night while he was visiting family in Vermont. He was sworn into the presidency by his father and the family Bible at 2:30 in the morning, after which, he promptly went back to sleep.
President Coolidge was a quiet and solemn man who often sat silently through interviews, only offering “yes” and “no” responses when absolutely necessary.
He received both praise and criticism for his passive manner of leadership. However, when the Great Depression began shortly after his term concluded, many critics blamed Coolidge’s passive leadership as part of the cause.
Below is a list of Calvin Coolidge quotes about progress, business, patriotism, and more.
Calvin Coolidge quotes about progress
1. “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” — Calvin Coolidge
2. “Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.” — Calvin Coolidge
3. “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
4. “Duty is not collective; it is personal.” — Calvin Coolidge
5. “Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear if we would only sit down and keep still.” — Calvin Coolidge
6. “The only way I know to drive out evil from the country is by the constructive method of filling it with good.” — Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge quotes about business
7. “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.” — Calvin Coolidge
8. “Advertising is the life of trade.” — Calvin Coolidge
9. “The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism.” — Calvin Coolidge
10. “Mass demand has been created almost entirely through the development of advertising.” — Calvin Coolidge
11. “Civilization and profit go hand in hand.” — Calvin Coolidge
12. “Industry cannot flourish if labor languish.” — Calvin Coolidge
13. “When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.” — Calvin Coolidge
14. “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.” — Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge quotes about government, politics, and the economy
15. “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.” — Calvin Coolidge
16. “I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people.” — Calvin Coolidge
17. “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” — Calvin Coolidge
18. “I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.” — Calvin Coolidge
19. “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.” — Calvin Coolidge
20. “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.” — Calvin Coolidge
21. “We cannot improve the condition of the people or reform human nature by intruding the nation into the affairs of the states or despoiling the people of their business.” — Calvin Coolidge
22. “Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.” — Calvin Coolidge
23. “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
Calvin Coolidge quotes about patriotism
24. “Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” — Calvin Coolidge
25. “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.” — Calvin Coolidge
26. “Those who do not want to be partakers of the American spirit ought not to settle in America.” — Calvin Coolidge
27. “This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people were shackled with government monopolies.” — Calvin Coolidge
28. “When a man begins to feel that he is the only one who can lead in this republic, he is guilty of treason to the spirit of our institutions.” — Calvin Coolidge
29. “There is only one form of political strategy in which I have any confidence, and that is to try to do the right thing and sometimes be able to succeed.” — Calvin Coolidge
Wise quotes from Calvin Coolidge
30. “No one ever listened themselves out of a job.” — Calvin Coolidge
31. “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” — Calvin Coolidge
32. “Some people are suffering from lack of work, some from lack of water, many more from lack of wisdom.” — Calvin Coolidge
33. “If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it.” — Calvin Coolidge
34. “You can’t know too much, but you can say too much.” — Calvin Coolidge
35. “I have never been hurt by what I have not said.” — Calvin Coolidge
36. “The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct.” — Calvin Coolidge
37. “Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.” — Calvin Coolidge
38. “Never go out to meet trouble. If you just sit still, nine cases out of ten, someone will intercept it before it reaches you.” — Calvin Coolidge
39. “Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.” — Calvin Coolidge
40. “Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” — Calvin Coolidge
More Calvin Coolidge quotes
41. “Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge anyone 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.” — Calvin Coolidge
42. “Nothing in the 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.” — Calvin Coolidge
43. “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.” — Calvin Coolidge
44. “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face 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.” — Calvin Coolidge
45. “Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.” — Calvin Coolidge
46. “One with the law is a majority.” — Calvin Coolidge
47. “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.” — Calvin Coolidge
48. “When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.” — Calvin Coolidge
49. “If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only their conduct we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.” — Calvin Coolidge
50. “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” — Calvin Coolidge
Do you think it is better to stay quiet or to speak up?
While Calvin Coolidge was popular during his time in office, many critics believe that his passive leadership and determination to do nothing while in office helped to cause both the Great Depression as well as did little to prevent the rise of Nazis in Germany.
However, despite these harsh accusations, others still believed him to be a successful leader during his term. President Ronald Reagan later placed Coolidge’s portrait in the oval office and said that Coolidge was one of the most underrated presidents, claiming that “He got things done in a quiet way.”
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December 23, 2020 7:00 AM EST