"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Calvin Coolidge on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Calvin Coolidge on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Calvin Coolidge on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Calvin Coolidge on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Calvin Coolidge on Joseph Stalin
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business."