The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism.
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The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
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The business of the country is business.
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The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.
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When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.
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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.
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All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
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Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
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No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
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There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.
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You can't know too much, but you can say too much.
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I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
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No one every listened themselves out of a job.
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Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
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What we need in appointive positions are men of knowledge and experience with sufficient character to resist temptations.
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Civilization and profits go hand in hand.
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Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
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Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.
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Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
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Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws.
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Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.
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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.
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If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
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Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
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No man ever listened himself out of a job.
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If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that 9 will run into the ditch before they reach you.
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We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.
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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
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I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
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When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.
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It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
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Coolidge, Calvin

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