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Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge in the late 1910s
30th President of the United States
In office
August 2, 1923 â€“ March 4, 1929
Vice President None (1923–1925)
Charles G. Dawes (1925–1929)
Preceded by Warren G. Harding
Succeeded by Herbert Hoover
29th Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1921 â€“ August 2, 1923
President Warren G. Harding
Preceded by Thomas R. Marshall
Succeeded by Charles G. Dawes
48th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 2, 1919 â€“ January 6, 1921
Lieutenant Channing H. Cox
Preceded by Samuel W. McCall
Succeeded by Channing H. Cox
46th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 6, 1916 â€“ January 2, 1919
Governor Samuel W. McCall
Preceded by Grafton D. Cushing
Succeeded by Channing H. Cox
President of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
1914–1915
Preceded by Levi H. Greenwood
Succeeded by Henry Gordon Wells
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
1912–1915
Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts
In office
1910–1911
Preceded by James W. O’Brien
Succeeded by William Feiker
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1907–1908
Personal details
Born John Calvin Coolidge Jr.
(1872-07-04)July 4, 1872
Plymouth Notch, Vermont, U.S.
Died January 5, 1933(1933-01-05) (aged 60)
Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of death Coronary thrombosis
Resting place Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth, Vermont
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Grace Goodhue (m. 1905)
Children 2, including John Coolidge
Alma mater Amherst College
Profession Lawyer
Religion Congregationalism

Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
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
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.
Calvin Coolidge
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.
Calvin Coolidge
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.
Calvin Coolidge
I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
Mass demand has been created almost entirely through the development of advertising.
Calvin Coolidge
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.
Calvin Coolidge
Advertising is the life of trade.
When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.
Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.
Calvin Coolidge
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.
Calvin Coolidge
You know, I have found out in the course of a long public life that the things I did not say never hurt me.
Calvin Coolidge
There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.
The business of America is business.
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.
If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.
Calvin Coolidge
Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.
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
To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
Calvin Coolidge
When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.
The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct.
Calvin Coolidge
Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.
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
The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge
One with the law is a majority.
Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.
Calvin Coolidge
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
Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.
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
We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Calvin Coolidge
Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
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
Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
Calvin Coolidge
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Calvin Coolidge
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
Calvin Coolidge
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
You can't know too much, but you can say too much.
If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
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
I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
No man ever listened himself out of a job.
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.
Calvin Coolidge
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Calvin Coolidge
When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
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.
Calvin Coolidge
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.
Calvin Coolidge
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.
Calvin Coolidge
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.
Calvin Coolidge
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
It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
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
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
Duty is not collective; it is personal.
Civilization and profit go hand in hand.
Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.