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THE QUOTABLE CALVIN COOLIDGE: Sensible Words for a New Century
By Peter Hannaford

Lee Pennock Huntington, Vermont Sunday Magazine (Rutland Herald)
December 10, 2000

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 Hannaford, who has written four books about Ronald Reagan, subtitles this one about our 30th President as "Sensible Words for a New Century." And indeed some of Coolidge's comments, rooted though they were in the 19th century rural Vermont, still ring true at this 21st century. In his introduction, Hannaford defends Coolidge's character, dismissing the "stereotypical criticism" of the President as cold, materialistic, crabbed and repressed. He pictures him as "the embodiment of thrift, industry, dignity, personal frugality, morality and civility," and records with admiration the achievements of his presidency. The quotations here assembled - some 230 of them - are revealing. Some examples: "After all, the chief business of the American people is business." "Any man who does not like dogs and does not want them about does not deserve to be in the White House." "Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles, they cannot believe in our government." "Civilization and profits go hand in hand." "If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure nine of them will run into a ditch before they reach you." "And be brief - above all things - be brief."

Ordering Information: 5" x 7"
ISBN 1-884592-33-3, Hardcover: $19.50.

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