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Calvin Coolidge Inaugural Address Highlights: 10 Quotes From Speech

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 12:35 PM

Calvin Coolidge gave his inaugural address on March 4, 1925. He had been elected as vice president in 1920, but initially took the oath of office as president in 1923 at his family home in Plymouth, Vermont, following the sudden death of President William Harding.

Coolidge was elected with the campaign slogan, "Keep Cool with Coolidge." Chief Justice William Howard Taft, who had been president 1909-1913, administered the oath of office at the Capitol.

Here are 10 quotes that highlight Coolidge's inaugural speech:

1. "Already we have sufficiently rearranged our domestic affairs so that confidence has returned, business has revived, and we appear to be entering an era of prosperity which is gradually reaching into every part of the Nation."

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2. "Realizing that we can not live unto ourselves alone, we have contributed of our resources and our counsel to the relief of the suffering and the settlement of the disputes among the European nations. Because of what America is and what America has done, a firmer courage, a higher hope, inspires the heart of all humanity."

3. "We can not continue these brilliant successes in the future, unless we continue to learn from the past. It is necessary to keep the former experiences of our country both at home and abroad continually before us, if we are to have any science of government."

4. "In the defense of our own ideals and in the general cause of liberty we entered the Great War. When victory had been fully secured, we withdrew to our own shores unrecompensed save in the consciousness of duty done."

5. "Our country represents nothing but peaceful intentions toward all the earth, but it ought not to fail to maintain such a military force as comports with the dignity and security of a great people. It ought to be a balanced force, intensely modern, capable of defense by sea and land, beneath the surface and in the air. But it should be so conducted that all the world may see in it, not a menace, but an instrument of security and peace."

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6. "The weight of our enormous influence must be cast upon the side of a reign not of force but of law and trial, not by battle but by reason."

7. "One of the greatest dangers to peace lies in the economic pressure to which people find themselves subjected. One of the most practical things to be done in the world is to seek arrangements under which such pressure may be removed, so that opportunity may be renewed and hope may be revived."

8. "While we can look with a great deal of pleasure upon what we have done abroad, we must remember that our continued success in that direction depends upon what we do at home."

9. "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."

10. "America seeks no earthly empire built on blood and force. No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions. The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross. The higher state to which she seeks the allegiance of all mankind is not of human, but of divine origin."

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Calvin Coolidge gave his inaugural address on March 4, 1925. He had been elected as vice president in 1920, but initially took the oath of office as president in 1923 at his family home in Plymouth, Vermont, following the sudden death of President William Harding.
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