Quotations – N

National Debt

“…as I understand that the outside estimate of the damages that accrued from the Mississippi flood this year are not so much as the annual charge at the present time of interest necessary to pay what is required on the national debt.”

Source: “Press Conference,” on October 4, 1927.

“Perhaps one of the greatest satisfactions of my administration lies in the very marked reduction of the national debt since I have been President.”

Source: “Press Conference,” on October 4, 1927.

Natural Disasters

“For some reason difficult to explain a sudden [natural] disaster…entirely beyond human control, moves people to compassion while they are more or less indifferent to the slaughter of three thousand tribesmen around Mount Ararat and to a far greater loss of life and property in China through deliberate human action by war and resulting famine. With all our civilization, all our humanity, all our religion, men are still less in danger from the elements than they are from each other.”

Source: Calvin Coolidge Says, September 5, 1930.


“We do not need more material development, we need more spiritual development, 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 laws, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.”

Source: “Commencement Address at Wheaton College, Norton Massachusetts,” on June 17, 1921. As found in Calvin Coolidge: Man From Vermont, p. 298.

New Year’s Resolutions

“Perhaps the best resolve is to live so that next year new resolutions will be unnecessary.”

Source: Calvin Coolidge Says, December 30, 1930.

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