Quotations – O

Obvious, The

“They criticize me for harping on the obvious…If all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.”

Source: Meet Calvin Coolidge, p. 191.

Office, Public

“The Government of the United States is not for the gratification of the people who happen to hold office. It is established to promote the general welfare of all the people. That is the American ideal. No matter how many officeholders there may be, or what their origin, our institutions are a failure unless they serve all the citizens in their own homes. It is always necessary to find out what effect the institutions of Government and society have on the wage earner, in order to judge the disability of their continuance.”

Source: “The High Place Of Labor,” on September 1, 1924. As found in Foundations of the Republic.

“Our country has maintained the principle that our Government is established for something higher and finer than to permit those who are charged with the responsibility of office, or any class whose favor they might seek, to get what they can get out of it.”

Source: Adequate Brevity, p. 74.

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