Quotations From CALVIN COOLIDGE


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  • That's a fine fishworm.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. William Allen White, A Puritan in Babylon, ch. 33, Macmillan (1938). When asked to say a few words after turning over a spadeful of earth at a ceremonial tree planting.
  • There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Nov. 27, 1920, New York City.
  • It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, July 6, 1922, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. Republican politician, president. Remark to newspaper reporters, March 1, 1929, Washington, DC.
  • The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, July 27, 1920, Northampton, Massachusetts. Accepting the Republican vice-presidential nomination.
  • The business of America is business.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Jan. 17, 1925, to the Society of American Newspaper Editors.

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  • When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Widely quoted, possibly spurious; not found in cited sources.

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  • There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, ch. 4, Cosmopolitan Book Co. (1931).
  • 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 (1872-1933), U.S. president. Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, ch. 7, Cosmopolitan Book Co. (1931).

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  • We thought we were made for each other. For almost a quarter of a century she has borne with my infirmities, and I have rejoiced in her graces.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, ch. 3, Cosmopolitan Book Co. (1931). Calvin Coolidge married Grace Anna Goodhue on October 4, 1905.
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