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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933)
QUOTATION: Parties do not maintain themselves. They are maintained by effort. The government is not self-existent. It is maintained by the effort of those who believe in it. The people of America believe in American institutions, the American form of government and the American method of transacting business.
ATTRIBUTION: CALVIN COOLIDGE, governor of Massachusetts, speech before the Republican Commercial Travelers’ Club, Boston, Massachusetts, April 10, 1920.—Massachusetts State Library, George Fingold Library, Boston. Manuscripts: speeches and messages of Calvin Coolidge, 1895–1924.
SUBJECTS: American people