Calvin Coolidge

(John Calvin Coolidge Jr.)

Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge
  • Born: July 4, 1872
  • Died: January 5, 1933
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was an American politician and the 30th president of the United States from 1923 to 1929. A Republican lawyer from New England, born in Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor. His response to the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight and gave him a reputation as a man of decisive action. The next year, he was elected vice president of the United States, and he succeeded to the presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small government conservative and also as a man who said very little, although having a rather dry sense of humor.

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Robert E. Sherwood All Coolidge had to do in 1924 was to keep his mean trap shut, to be elected. All Harding had to do in 1920 was repeat “Avoid foreign entanglements.” All Hoover had to do in 1928 was to endorse Coolidge. All Roosevelt had to do in 1932 was to point to Hoover.
Gerald Nye The investigation has shown, let us hope, privilege at its worst. The trail is one of dishonesty, greed, violation of law, secrecy, concealment, evasion, falsehood, and cunning. It is a trail of betrayals by trusted and presumably honorable men--betrayals of a government, of certain business interests and the people who trusted and honored them; it is a trail showing a flagrant degree of the exercise of political power and influence, and the power and influence of great wealth upon individuals and political parties; it is the trail of despoilers and schemers, far more dangerous to the well-being of our Nation and our democracy than all those who have been deported
Anonymous A Vote For Coolidge Is A Vote For Chaos
Anonymous Kool Klammy Kal Koolidge Kant Kondemn the Ku Klux Klan A Vote For Coolidge Is A Vote For The Klan
Anonymous America Always First Back to Normal Law & Order
Anonymous Coolidge or Chaos
Anonymous Keep Cool With Cal Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge
Anonymous Silent Cal
Chicago Journal of Commerce As between Mr. Davis [the Democratic nominee] and President Coolidge, it is hard to discern much difference. Essentially the Democratic and Republican nominees for the presidency stand for the same thing.
Clarence Darrow [Referring to Calvin Coolidge:] He's the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont.
H. L. Mencken [Calvin Coolidge] ... is at bottom simply a cheap and trashy fellow, deficient in sense and almost devoid of any notion of honor—in brief, a dreadful little cad.
H. L. Mencken Democracy is that system of government under which the people, having 35,717,342 native-born whites to choose from, including thousands who are handsome and many who are wise, pick out a Coolidge to be head of the State.
H. L. Mencken Here, indeed, was his one really notable talent. He slept more than any other President, whether by day or by night ... Nero fiddled, but Coolidge only snored ... He had no ideas, and he was not a nuisance.
H. L. Mencken Nero fiddled while Rome burned, but [Calvin] Coolidge only snores.
Robert M. La Follette Andrew Mellon [Treasury Secretary and multi-millionaire] is today the real President of the United States. Calvin Coolidge is merely the man who occupies the White House.
Fiorello H. La Guardia In our talk a few days ago, you indicated that my candidacy for Congress on the Republican ticket would depend on my compliance with certain minimum requirements. Desirable and comfortable as a party nomination may be, I cannot sacrifice principle for the sake of party nomination or anything else. During my time in the House I ... voted according to my best judgement, and in a manner which I believed represented the wishes of the people of my district. The platform of the Republican party ... makes no appeal to the hope of the people whom I represent.
Walter Lippmann Mr. [Calvin] Coolidge's genius for inactivity is developed to a very high point. It is far from being an indolent activity. It is a grim, determined, alert inactivity which keeps Mr. Coolidge occupied constantly.
Atlee Pomerene Can the public business be thus transacted and in secret?
George W. Norris Three Presidents served under Andrew Mellon in his 12 years in office.
Albert J. Menendez Calvin Coolidge inaugurated the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 1923. The reasons for it were completely secular. The Electric Companies wanted to encourage electric lights on Christmas trees. So did the insurance companies since so many fires occurred as a result of lighted candles [on trees].
Alice Roosevelt Longworth He [Calvin Coolidge] looks as though he's been weaned on a pickle.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth How did they know?.
Jonathan Rauch The idea that an overweening federal government is a threat to both freedom and equality (not to mention prosperity) goes back to Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and some other fairly respectable personages. You can disagree with them, or with Coolidge or Reagan or Friedrich Hayek or Milton Friedman or George Will, but to dismiss them as nothing more than mouthpieces of the wealthy and big business is to indulge in [a] sort of anti-intellectualism…
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[Referring to Herbert Hoover:] That man has offered me unsolicited advice for six years—all of it bad. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… Smoking sets a bad example. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
A display of reason rather than a threat of force should be the determining factor in the intercourse among nations. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A government must govern, must prescribe and enforce laws within its sphere or cease to be a government. Moreover, the individual must be independent and free within his own sphere or cease to be an individual. The fundamental question ... is now, and always will be through what adjustments, by what actions, these principles may be applied. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Advertising creates and changes this foundation of all popular action, public sentiment, or public opinion. It is the most potent influence in adopting and changing the habits and modes of life, affecting what we eat, what we wear, and the work and play of the whole Nation. Formerly it was an axiom that competition was the life of trade. Under the methods of the present day it would seem to be more appropriate to say that advertising is the life of trade. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Advertising is the life of trade. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
America must be kept American Immigration & Emigration
Any man who doesn’t like dogs … shouldn’t be in the White House. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
As Vice President I must uphold the policies of the Administration 100 percent. If I disagree in any way it is my duty to keep silent. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Be brief. Above all things be brief. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Borrowed money, even when owing to a nation by another nation, should be repaid. They hired the money, didn't they? Let them pay it. Budgets & Budgeting
Business rests squarely on the law of service. It has for its main reliance truth and faith and justice …. It is one of the greatest contributing forces to the moral and spiritual enhancement of the race. Business, Commerce & Finance
Character is the only secure foundation of the state. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Civilization and profits go hand in hand. Business, Commerce & Finance
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. Taxes ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Do the day’s work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a stand-patter, but don’t be a stand-patter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but don’t be a demagogue. Don’t hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don’t hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Don’t hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Do the day's work. Slogans & Mottoes
Don’t hurry to legislate. Legislating & Legislative Process
Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Poverty
Easier to control a Congress than a college faculty. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Government and business should remain distinct and separate, one directed from Washington, the other from New York. Bureaucracy
He was against it. Religion & God
He who builds a factory builds a temple; he who works there worships there. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
I do not choose to run for President in nineteen twenty-eight. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I doubt it, because I have always understood that a horseback rider has to go in the same direction as the horse. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people.
I have never felt that it was my duty to attempt to coerce Senators or Representatives, or take reprisals. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I have noticed that nothing that I never said ever did me any harm. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I soon found that the Senate had but one fixed rule … which was to the effect that the Senate would do anything it wanted to do whenever it wanted to do it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If the death and disaster that now fall upon innocent people through the year and over our country as a whole were concentrated into one calamity, we would shudder at the tremendous catastrophe. The loss is no less disastrous because diffused in time and space. Miscellaneous
If the Federal government should go out of existence, the common run of people would not detect the difference in the affairs of their daily life for a considerable length of time. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you are confirmed, there is one thing you must bear in mind. You will be working for the government of the United states—not for the Republican Party, and not for me. Let this fact guide you, no matter what ugly matters come to light. You may call on me for whatever assistance you may need. Don't hesitate to ask. Scandals
If you don't say anything, you can't be called upon to repeat it. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
If you keep dead still, they will run down in three of four minutes. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. Management & Managing Government
In the 1920's U. S. Marines were periodically sent to Nicaragua to prevent the fiscal protectorate from revolution. The administration was accused of making war on Nicaragua:] We are not making war on Nicaragua any more than a policeman on the street is making war on passers-by. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In their hours of timidity the Congress becomes subservient to the importunities of organized minorities that the President comes more and more to stand as the champion of the rights of the whole country. Lobbying & Special Interests
Instead of a government of law we have a government of lawlessness. Against the continuation of such a condition I enter my solemn protest. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It has been attested by all experience that agriculture tends to discouragement and decadence whenever the predominant interests of the country turn to manufacture and trade.
It is necessary to have party organization if we are to have effective and efficient government. Political Parties & Machines
It is necessary to watch people in Washington all the time to keep them from unnecessary expenditure of money. Budgets & Budgeting
It is not for the President to determine criminal guilt or render judgment in civil causes. That is the function of the courts. It is not for him to prejudge. I shall do neither; but when facts are revealed to me that require action for the purpose of insuring the enforcement of either civil or criminal liability, such action will be taken. That is the province of the Executive … I feel the public is entitled to know that in the conduct of such action no one is shielded for any party, political or other reason. Scandals
It is the business of the President as party leader to do the best he can to see that the declared party platform purposes are translated into legislative and administrative action. Political Parties & Machines
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. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It's a good idea to get out while they still want you. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Keep cool with Coolidge. Slogans & Mottoes
Large profits mean large payrolls. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Liberty is not collective. It is personal. Freedom & Liberty
Many times I only say yes or no and even that winds them up for twenty minutes more. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
May this civic and social landmark ... be a constant reminder of the inspiring service that has been rendered to civilization by men and women of the Jewish faith. May we recall the long array of those who have been eminent in statecraft, in science, in literature, in art, in the professions, in business, in finance, in philanthropy and in the spiritual life of the world. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
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. Legislating & Legislative Process
Nine tenths of the callers at the White House want something they ought not to have. Lobbying & Special Interests
No complicated scheme of relief, no plan for government fixing of prices, no resort to the Public Treasury will be of any value …
No Congress ...has met with a more pleasing prospect than that which appears at the present time. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
No Congress of the United States ever assembled, on surveying the state of the Union, has met with a more pleasing prospect than that which appears at the present time. In the domestic field there is tranquility and contentment...and the highest record of years of prosperity. Media, Journalism & The Press
Nobody lives there [the White House]—they [Presidents] just come and go. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Management & Managing Government
One of the reasons for retiring from public life was to avoid further speechmaking. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
One with the law is a majority. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Parties do not maintain themselves. They are maintained by effort. Political Parties & Machines
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself while looking out for your country. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Patriotism... bought and paid for is not patriotism. Citizenship & Patriotism ;Military & Veterans
Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Management & Managing Government
Politics is not an end, but a means. It is not a product, but a process. It is the art of government. Like other values it has its counterfeits. So much emphasis has been placed upon the false that the significance of the true has been obscured and politics has come to convey the meaning of crafty and cunning selfishness, instead of candid and sincere service. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Presidents come from the people and the should return to the people. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Self government means self support. Welfare
The appropriation of public money always is perfectly lovely until someone is asked to pay the bill. Budgets & Budgeting
The chief business of the American people is business. Business, Commerce & Finance
The Congress has sometimes been a sore trial to Presidents. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Constitution is the sole source and guaranty of national freedom. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The first duty of our Government to its own citizens and foreigners within its borders is the preservation of order. Unless and until that duty is met a government is not even eligible for recognition among the family of nations. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The foreign policy of America can best be described by one word: peace. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
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. Government ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form. Management & Managing Government
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten. Military & Veterans
The national laws and the laws of most of the States regulate the sale of narcotic drugs. . . . Their use is, in part, perhaps, due to physical disease, and, in part, to lack of moral stamina, but their abuse is almost wholly a result of violations of the law. If the law can be enforced, medical science would very soon rid the country of this menace Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The only slogan needed for all human problems is “Press on.” Slogans & Mottoes
The President cannot, with success, constantly appeal to the country. After a time he will get no response. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The Presidents who have gone to Washington without first having held some national office have been at great disadvantage. It takes them a long time to become acquainted with the Federal office-holders and the Federal Government. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The prime element of the value of property is the knowledge that its peaceful use will be defended by government. Miscellaneous
The public wants a solemn ass as a President. And I think I'll go along with them. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The real test of party strength is down close to the grass roots. Political Parties & Machines
The two great political parties of the nation have existed for the purpose, each in accordance with its own principles, of undertaking to serve the interests of the whole nation. Political Parties & Machines
The United States cannot, therefore, fail to view with deep concern any serious threat to stability and constitutional government in Nicaragua tending toward anarchy and jeopardizing American interests, especially if such state of affairs is contributed to or brought about by outside influences or by any foreign power Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The world is full of educated derelicts. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Theodore Roosevelt was always getting himself in hot water by talking before he had to commit himself upon issues not well-defined Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There have been great men with little of what we call education. There have been many small men with a great deal of learning. There has never been a great people who did not possess great learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
There is no salvation in a narrow and bigoted partisanship. But if there is to be responsible party government, the party label must be something more than a mere device for securing office. Unless those who are elected under the same party designation are willing to assume sufficient responsibility and exhibit sufficient loyalty and coherence, so that they can cooperate with each other in the support of the broad general principles, of the party platform, the election is merely a mockery, no decision is made at the polls, and there is no representation of the popular will. Political Parties & Machines
There is one rule of action more important than all others. It consists in never doing anything that someone else can do for you. Management & Managing Government
Those who do not want to participate in the spirit of America should not settle in America. Immigration & Emigration
Under this republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them. The only constitutional tax is the tax which ministers to public necessity. Taxes
We are all members of one body …. The benefit of one is the benefit of all. Miscellaneous
We can not permit ourselves to be narrowed and dwarfed by slogans and phrases. It is not the adjective, but the substantive, which is of real importance. It is not the name of the action, but the result of the action, which is the chief concern. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We cannot permit any inquisition either within or without the law or apply any religious test to the holding of office. The mind of America must be forever free. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
We desire to see France paid and Germany revived, and as the creditor of Europe we would not wish to assume the role of an oppressive creditor, but would maintain the principle that financial obligations between nations are likewise moral obligations, which international faith and honor require should be discharged. Budgets & Budgeting
We have never practiced the policy of competitive armaments. Military & Veterans
We have too much legislation by clamor, tumult and pressure. Legislating & Legislative Process
We justify the greater and greater accumulation of capital because we believe that therefrom flows the support of all science, art, learning, and the charities which minister to the humanities of life, all carrying their beneficent effects to the people as a whole. Unless this is measurably true our system of civilization ought to stand condemned. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism
We made freedom a birthright. Freedom & Liberty
When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When each citizen submits himself to the authority of law he does not thereby decrease his independence or freedom, but rather increases it. By recognizing that he is a part of a larger body which is banded together for a common purpose, he becomes more than an individual, he rises to a new dignity of citizenship. Instead of finding himself restricted and confined by rendering obedience to public law, he finds himself protected and defended and in the exercise of increased and increasing rights. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Whenever taxes become burdensome, a remedy can be applied by the people; but if they do not act for themselves, no one can be very successful in acting for them. Taxes
With the exception of the occasion of my notification, I did not attend any partisan meetings or make any purely political speeches during the campaign. I spoke several times at the dedication of a monument, the observance of the anniversary of an historic event, at a meeting of some commercial body, or before some religious gathering. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can't expect to see calves running in the field the day after you put the bull to the cows. Policy & Policy Making
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. Power ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.
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. Time ;War & Peace
Civilization and profit go hand in hand.
Duty is not collective; it is personal.
Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.
Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
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. Time
I have never been hurt by what I have not said. Humor
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
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. Time ;Success
If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
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.
Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.
It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow. Religion & God
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
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. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good. Hope
Mass demand has been created almost entirely through the development of advertising.
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. Nature
Never go out to meet trouble. If you just sit still, nine cases out of ten, someone will intercept it before it reaches you.
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.
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. Time ;War & Peace
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Failure
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. Citizenship & Patriotism
Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
The business of America is business. Business, Commerce & Finance
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.
The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct.
The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means. Independence
There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.
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.
Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance. Trust
To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.
We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
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. Power
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.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.
You can't know too much, but you can say too much.
You know, I have found out in the course of a long public life that the things I did not say never hurt me. Life