Have Faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed.

A Collection of Speeches and Messages

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Author: Calvin Coolidge
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,750 / 128 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.1
LoC Category: J
Downloads: 359
Added to site: 2004.11.16
mnybks.net#: 9368
Genres: Politics, Essays
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h depends upon activity. Life is manifest only by action. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse, it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization. Savages do not work. The growth of a sentiment that despises work is an appeal from civilization to barbarism.

I would not be understood as making a sweeping criticism of current legislation along these lines. I, too, rejoice that an awakened conscience has outlawed commercial standards that were false or low and that an awakened humanity has decreed that the working and living condition of our citizens must be worthy of true manhood and true womanhood.

I agree that the measure of success is not merchandise but character. But I do criticise those sentiments, held in all too respectable quarters, that our economic system is fundamentally wrong, that commerce is only selfishness, and that our citizens, holding the hope of all that America m

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