Theodore Roosevelt was a very effective writer and speaker, and he is eminently quotable.
For each of the quotes below, the Theodore Roosevelt Center has provided a brief explanation
of the setting or the context in which TR made the statement.
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Featured Quote for February 27, 2017:
They were for use, not ornament. I almost always had some volume with me, either in my saddle pocket or in the cartridge bag which one of my gun-bearers carried to hold odds and ends. Often my reading would be done while reading under a tree at noon, perhaps beside the carcass of a beast I had killed, or else while waiting for camp to be pitched.
February 26, 2017
There was one other bit of impedimenta, less usual for African travel, but perhaps almost as essential for real enjoyment even on a hunting trip, if it is to be of any length. This was the ‘Pigskin Library,’ so called because most of the books were bound in pigskin…
February 25, 2017
It would be hopeless to try to enumerate all the books I read or even all the kinds.
February 24, 2017
I disliked, because of the wholly impossible collection of animals met by that worthy family.
February 23, 2017
To me Owen Wister is the writer I wish when I am hungry with memories of lonely mountains.
February 22, 2017
Tolstoy is an interesting and stimulating writer but an exceedingly unsafe moral adviser.
February 21, 2017
When I lived much in cow camps I often carried a volume of Swinburne as a kind of antiseptic to alkali dust, tepid water, frying-pan bread, sow-belly bacon, and too infrequent washing of sweat-stained clothing.
February 20, 2017
It gives me an awful idea of what a floating hell of filth, disease, tyranny and cruelty a warship was in those days.
February 19, 2017
It would not do me any good to pretend that I like Hamlet as much as Macbeth, when, as a matter of fact, I don’t.
February 18, 2017
I still read a number of Scott’s novels over and over again.
February 17, 2017
Queer, mystical creature. I did not understand one of them. But he certainly has got the real spirit of poetry in him.