February 21, 1942
“WASHINGTON, Friday—…Yesterday I had a chance to see Mrs. William Brown Meloney, and she gave me a quotation which ex-President Coolidge often used. It is so useful to every one of us today, that I pass it along to you. Ex-President Coolidge averred that there were four things which made New England great, and he added New York State and Pennsylvania as well. I’m sure he quoted the following from some New England mentor:
Eat it up.
Wear it out.
Make it do.
Four little sayings, but if we take them really to heart, what a difference they may make in our daily contribution to the winning of the war.”