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It is only those who do not understand our people, who believe that our national life is entirely absorbed by material motives.  We make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things that we want very much more.  We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong an element of all civilization.  The chief ideal of the American people is idealism.  I cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists.  That is the only motive to which they ever give any strong and lasting reaction.
     —  President Calvin Coolidge
From:  Address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors
17 January 1925
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On This Day In:
2016 To The Extent
2015 Ambition
2014 More Branches To Climb
Just In Time — Happy Thanksgiving (2014)
2013 For And Against
2012 De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum
2011 Similar And Different
2010 Reminiscing
Differences

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A Washington society woman was siting next to President Coolidge at a party.
 

Oh, Mr. President,” she said gushingly, “you are so silent.  I made a bet today that I could get more than two words out of you.
 

You lose,” the President replied.

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