Quotations – E


“After order and liberty, economy is one of the highest essentials of a free government.”

Adequate Brevity p. 33


“My education began with a set of blocks which had on them the Roman numerals and the letters of the alphabet. It is not yet finished.”

Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge p. 30

“It is characteristic of the unlearned that they are forever proposing something which is old, and because it has recently come to their attention, supposing it to be new.”

Have Faith in Massachusetts p. 231

“To a race which claims a heritage of eternity the important question is not where we are but where we are going. Education fails which does not help in furnishing this with some solution. It ought to confer the ability to see in an unfolding history the broadening out of the base of civilization, the continued growth of the power and the dignity of the individual, the enlarging solidarity and stability of society, and the increasing reign of righteousness.”

The Price of Freedom p. 163

“The great service which education must perform is to confirm our faith in the world, establish our settled convictions, and maintain an open mind. The heritage of all the past is neither mean nor insignificant. It is a high estate.”

The Price of Freedom p. 169

“Education which is not based on religion and character is not education.”

The Price of Freedom p. 216

“Education is the process by which each individual recreates his own universe and determines its dimensions.”

The Price of Freedom p. 381


“When industries can be carried on without any struggle, their results will be worthless, and when wages can be secured without effort they will have no purchasing value.”

Have Faith in Massachusetts p. 81


“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.”

Inaugural Address, March 4, 1925

The Mind of the President p. 108

“I believe not only in advocating economy in public expenditure, but in its practical application and actual accomplishment.”

Calvin Coolidge of Northampton p. 12

“Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.”

Third Annual Message to Congress, December 8, 1925

Messages and Papers of the Presidents p. 9517

“I am for economy. After that I am for more economy.”

Foundations of the Republic p. 47