Calvin Coolidge
Quotations

The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.

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.

Character is the only secure foundation of the state.

There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.

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.

There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.

Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.

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.

Civilization and profits go hand in hand.

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself while looking out for your country.

Borrowed money, even when owing to a nation by another nation, should be repaid.

Our doctrine of equality and liberty and humanity comes from our belief in the brotherhood of man, through the fatherhood of God.

The business of America is business.

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

It is the duty of a citizen not only to observe the law but to let it be known that he is opposed to its violation.

Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshiped.

Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness. That state is the most fortunate which has the aptest instruments for the discovery of laws.

It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.



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