Calvin Coolidge Quotations

Calvin Coolidge

Changing a college curriculum is like moving a graveyard -- you never know how many friends the dead have until you try to move them.

Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.

Duty is not collective, it is personal. Let every individual make known his determination to support law and order. That duty is supreme.

Four fifths of all our troubles in this life would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

I think the American public wants a solemn ass as president and I think I'll go along with them.

It is a great advantage to a President, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man.

It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

Money will not purchase character or good government.

Nobody ever listened himself out of a job.

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

Nothing in the 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.

Nothing is easier than the expenditure of public money. It doesn't appear to belong to anyone. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody.

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

The centralization of power in Washington, which nearly all members of Congress deplore in their speech and then support by their votes, steadily increases.

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.

The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge; it is always simple and direct.

Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.

Ultimately, property rights and personal rights are the same thing. The one cannot be preserved if the other be violated.

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts... Self-government means self-reliance.

We have lost our reverence for the profession of teaching and bestowed it upon the profession of acquiring.

You don't have to explain something you never said.

With Dorothy Parker the famous wit and Silent Cal the unprepossessing sullen man, our opinion of this President is sadly wrong. Some potent thinking, some quiet intellect.