Almost all Americans know that tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Even for those who don’t, tomorrow’s festivities probably will be a tip off. However, a small minority of Americans also know that it marks the birthday of one of our greatest presidents – Calvin Coolidge (the best president of the 20th century, in my opinion).
So, in celebration of Silent Cal, I thought it would be fitting to provide some of my favorite Calvin Coolidge quotes for everyone. Take them as a source of inspiration or icebreakers for your July 4th party – and everything in between.
Self-Government: “Government cannot relieve from toil. The normal must take care of themselves. Self-government means self-support.... Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.... History reveals no civilized people among whom there was not a highly educated class and large aggregations of wealth. Large profits mean large payrolls."
Economy: "The chief business of the American people is business.”
Morality: “We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. If the foundation be firm, the foundation will stand.”
Business: “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.”
Problem-Solving: “Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.”
Faith: "The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."
The Constitution: “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”