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July 9, 2013

“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 are omnipotent.”

Some versions of the above quote, which has been attributed to President Calvin Coolidge, speak about pressing on and how this has always solved the problems of the human race.  Although he probably would have agreed with all the ideas and sentiments expressed above, Calvin Coolidge did not actually speak or write these words.

According to Amity Shlaes’s Coolidge, page 5, the quote was newspaper filler that appeared as early as 1910 without attribution.  She explains their association with him by writing: “they sound so much like Coolidge that people assume he wrote them.”

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