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Quote of the Day

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 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.
Theodore Roosevelt would write this about Tobias Smollett's novel, The Adventures of Roderick Random. In the novel Smollett exposes the brutality, incompetence, and injustices of the Royal Navy at the Battle of Cartagena in 1741.


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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.
Theodore Roosevelt would choose his favorite of the two Shakespeare plays in Autobiography.
February 18, 2017
I still read a number of Scott’s novels over and over again.
Theodore Roosevelt would write this about author Sir Walter Scott in Autobiography.
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.
Theodore Roosevelt would write this about author E. A. Robinson and his popular collection of poetry, Children of the Night.
February 16, 2017
To Mr. Riis was given the great gift of making others see what he saw and feel what he felt. His book, ‘How the Other Half Lives,’ did really go a long way toward removing the ignorance in which one-half of the worlds of New York dwelt concerning the life of the other half.
Theodore Roosevelt would write this about his friend Jacob Riis in American Ideals.
February 15, 2017
John Milton said it all in his defense of freedom of the press: "Let truth and error grapple. Who ever knew truth to be beaten in a fair fight."
Theodore Roosevelt would write this in The Great Adventure.
February 14, 2017
No one has arisen to do for the far western plains and Rocky Mountain trappers quite what Hermann Melville did for the South Sea whaling folk in Omoo and Moby Dick.
Theodore Roosevelt would write this about Herman Melville in Wilderness Hunter.
February 13, 2017
It is a great comfort to me to read the life and letters of Abraham Lincoln. I am more and more impressed every day, not only with the man’s wonderful power and sagacity, but with his literally endless patience, and at the same time his unflinching resolution.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote this to his children in Letters to his Children.
February 12, 2017
I felt as if I knew most of them already, for they might have walked out of the pages of Kipling.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote this in African Game Trails in reference to the animals in Rudyard Kipling's works.
February 11, 2017
The noble "Battle hymn of the Republic" a hymn, by the way, which was written by a woman, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, who as a wife and mother, and in all her relations of both public and private life, was one of the best citizens this Republic has ever brought forth.
Theodore Roosevelt would write this of Mrs. Julia Ward Howe in Progressive Principles.
February 10, 2017
Gerard was a great lion-killer, but some of his accounts of the lives, deaths, and especially the courtships of lions, bear much less relation to actual facts than do the novels of Dumas.
Theodore Roosevelt would write this about author C. B. B. Gerard. Roosevelt sided with John Burroughs in the conflict between science and the booming genre of sentiment in nature writing.
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