Quotable Calvin Coolidge: Sensible Words for a New Century

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Calvin Coolidge has long been dismissed as silent, and with little to say. This collection of over 250 quotations reveals the concise, direct, even eloquent way he stated his views on issues still relevant to the interests of contemporary America. The quotations cited by date and circumstances are organized alphabetically for use by speakers, writers, researchers, and policy makers – in fact, anyone with an interest in American history. Also included are Milestones in Coolidge's life, a Selected Bibliography, and...

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Overview

Calvin Coolidge has long been dismissed as silent, and with little to say. This collection of over 250 quotations reveals the concise, direct, even eloquent way he stated his views on issues still relevant to the interests of contemporary America. The quotations cited by date and circumstances are organized alphabetically for use by speakers, writers, researchers, and policy makers – in fact, anyone with an interest in American history. Also included are Milestones in Coolidge's life, a Selected Bibliography, and a listing of Coolidge Archives headed by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884592331
  • Publisher: Images From The Past, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Peter Hannaford has had a long career in American politics and public affairs. He is a former Reagan adviser and current senior consultant to APCO Worldwide, a public affairs/strategic communications firm based in Washington, DC. Mr. Hannaford was director of issues and research in Reagan's 1976 presidential nomination campaign. In the 1980 campaign he was senior communications adviser to Mr. Reagan. He also served as assistant to the governor and director of public affairs for then-Governor Reagan in Sacramento. He is the author of eleven books and numerous articles, columns, and essays.

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Sensible Words
for a New Century


African Americans


    Numbered among our population are some twelve million colored people. Under our Constitution their rights are just as sacred as those of any other citizen. It is both a public and a private duty to protect those rights. Congress ought to exercise all its powers of prevention and punishment against the hideous crime of lynching, of which the Negroes are by no means the sole sufferers, but for which they furnish a majority of the victims.

Annual message to Congress, December 6, 1923


Amending the Constitution


    Our Constitution has raised certain barriers against too hasty change. I believe such provision is wise. I doubt if there has been any change that has ever really been desired by the people which they have not been able to secure. Stability of government is a very important asset. If amendment is made easy, both revolution and reaction, as well as orderly progress, also become easy.

Presidential address at the dedication of a monument
to Lafayette, Baltimore, Maryland, September 6, 1924


America's Aspiration


    America seeks no empire built on blood and forces ... she cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor of Almighty God.

Presidential inaugural address,
Washington, D.C., March 4, 1925


Americans—One People


    Whether one traces his Americanism back threecenturiesto the Mayflower, or three years to the steerage, is not half so important as whether his Americanism of today is real and genuine. No matter by what various crafts we came here, we are all now in the same boat.

Presidential address to the American Legion
convention, Omaha, Nebraska, October 6, 1925


Arms Policy


    For the cause of peace, the United States is adopting the only practicable principles that have ever been proposed, of preparation, limitation and renunciation.

President's Armistice Day address, November 11, 1928


Banks


    A bank is a not a private institution, responsible to itself alone, or to a few. It is a public institution, under a moral obligation to be administered for the public welfare.

Vice presidential remarks to a
New England bankers' dinner,
New York City, June 21, 1921


Baseball


    We go to the game in the hope that with three men on bases the batter for our team will drive the ball over the fence so that we can revel in the intoxication of crowd delirium. That is the common touch of nature reaching from the street urchin to the President which lures us all to the ball field.

Newspaper column, October 3, 1930


Bewilderment


    When people become bewildered, they tend to become credulous.

Newspaper column, November 28, 1930


Biography


    Better wait till I'm dead.

From a conversation with historian Claude M. Fuess
in Plymouth, Vermont, about a possible biography
of the former president, August 6, 1932


Brevity


    And be brief—above all things—be brief.

Second inaugural address as president of the
Massachusetts Senate, January 1915


Business of the American People


    It is probable that a press which maintains an intimate touch with the business currents of the nation is likely to be more reliable than it would be if it were a stranger to these influences. After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.

Presidential address to the American Society of
Newspaper Editors, Washington, D.C.,
January 17, 1925; the italicized phrase has been
frequently misquoted as "the chief business
of America is business."


Campaign Contributions


    I do not like as a matter of principle large contributions given to campaign funds, because they create a bad impression and give the idea of a wrongful motive.

Remarks at a presidential
news conference, April 24, 1924


Career Paths


    If we would stop thinking that a bachelor of arts must be a white-collar man and let him be any kind of man he is adapted to be, the danger of spoiling a good craftsman to make a poor professional man would vanish. |

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface viii
Introduction 1
A Calvin Coolidge Chronology 27
Coolidge Quotes: Sensible Words for a New Century 37
Calvin Coolidge Archives 175
Bibliography 179
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