[An oldie from August 22, 2011] Calvin Coolidge – a.k.a. “Silent Cal” – was known for his brevity — and his wisdom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_Coolidge Coolidge helped restore respect and confidence to the White House after the dreadful scandals of his predecessor, Warren Harding.
For years, I have had a quotation of Calvin Coolidge stapled, pinned or taped (once glued) to the wall of my office. Each day when I arrive, I sit down, turn on the computer and my eyes drift to his words — to the left of my computer screen. The saying of Calvin Coolidge – that has served as a constant inspiration (and kick in the caboose) – goes as follows:
“Nothing in the 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 are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”