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Calvin Coolidge
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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.

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