Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Calvin Coolidge (18721933)
Do the days work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a stand-patter, but dont be a stand-patter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but dont be a demagogue. Dont hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Dont hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Dont expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Dont hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation.
CALVIN COOLIDGE, speech to the Massachusetts state Senate on being elected its president, Boston, Massachusetts, January 7, 1914.Coolidge, Have Faith in Massachusetts, pp. 78 (1919).