Calvin Coolidge

(1872-1933 / Plymouth Notch, Vermont)

Calvin Coolidge Quotes

  • ''I should think that an ordinary copy of the King James version would have been good enough for those Congressmen.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Claude M. Fuess, Calvin Coolidge: The Man from Vermont, ch. 19, Little, Brown (1940). When former president Coolidge was presiding at a meeting of the American Antiquarian Society, a member told him that the Library of Congress had just purchased a copy of the Gutenberg Bible for a fabulous sum.
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  • ''I see his monument is still there.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Claude M. Fuess, Calvin Coolidge: The Man from Vermont, ch. 19, Little, Brown (1940). In a lull in a conversation about the new biography by Rupert Hughes disparaging George Washington, President Coolidge glanced out the window.
  • ''I thought I could swing it.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Claude M. Fuess, Calvin Coolidge: The Man from Vermont, ch. 14, Little, Brown (1940). Response to Charles Hopkinson, portrait painter, who had asked what was Coolidge's first thought on learning that President Harding had died and he was president.
  • ''You know, Mr. Secretary, I have found out in the course of a long public life that the things I did not say never hurt me.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Claude M. Fuess, Calvin Coolidge: The Man from Vermont, ch. 19, Little, Brown (1940). Conversation with Dwight F. Davis, Secretary of the Army.
  • ''You lose.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Claude M. Fuess, Calvin Coolidge: The Man from Vermont, ch. 14, Little, Brown (1940). Reply to lady who said she had bet that she could make him say more than two words to her (1922).
  • ''He was against it.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Coolidge Wit and Wisdom, p. 4, comp. John Hiram McKee, Frederick A. Stokes (1933). On learning that the sermon was about sin, Mrs. Coolidge asked what the minister had said about it.
  • ''Nobody. They just come and go.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Coolidge Wit and Wisdom, p. 37, comp. John Hiram McKee, Frederick A. Stokes (1933). As they walked one evening, Senator Spencer of Missouri facetiously pointed to the White House and said, "I wonder who lives there?"
  • ''If you can get enough votes so that mine will make a majority, you can have it.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president. Duff Gilfond, The Rise of Saint Calvin, ch. 4, Vanguard Press (1932). Reply to George H. Tinkham soliciting his vote for president of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1912.
  • ''After all, the chief business of the American people is business.''
    Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Jan. 17, 1925, to the Society of American Newspaper Editors, Washington, DC. Foundations of the Republic (1926).
  • ''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 (1872-1933), U.S. president. Foundations of the Republic, ch. 20, Charles Scribner's Sons (1926). Address before the American Society of Newspaper Editors (January 17, 1925). This is often inaccurately quoted as "The business of America is business."

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