On the Value of Life

“No man was ever meanly born. About his cradle is the wondrous miracle of life. He may descend into the depths, he may live in infamy and perish miserably, but he is born great. Men build monuments above the graves of their heroes to mark the end of a great life, but women seek out the birthplace and build their shrine, not where a great life had its ending but where it had its beginning, seeking with a truer instinct the common source of things not in that which is gone forever but in that which they know will again be manifest. Life may depart, but the source of life is constant” — Vice President-Elect Calvin Coolidge, January 23, 1921.

The President and Mrs. Coolidge with Suzanne Boone at John Ringling's circus

The President and Mrs. Coolidge with Suzanne Boone at John Ringling’s circus

 

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