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I Won’t Back Down

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In looking ahead to 2021, I am reminded of this quote:
Nothing in this 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.  The slogan Press On!  has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
    ―    Calvin Coolidge
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2020 Happy New Year — 2020!
2019 Happy New Year — 2019!
2018 Happy New Year — 2018!
2017 Happy New Year — 2017!
2016 Happy New Year — 2016!
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2015 Happy New Year — 2015!
2014 Happy New Year – 2014!
2013 Another New Year’s Thought (In Case It Rains)
Happy New Year – 2013!
2012 Best Wishes For 2012!
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2011 Happy New Year (2011)!!

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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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2016 To The Extent
2015 Ambition
2014 More Branches To Climb
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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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