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 December:

It is just the same thing in citizenship. The vital thing to know east or west, north or south, is not as to how the man worships his Maker, not as to his birthplace, but as to whether he has in him those qualities which make a good husband and father, a good neighbor and friend, a good citizen.

President Roosevelt speaks to a crowd at Redfield. He thanks them and the National Guard for greeting him and congratulates them on their prosperity in agriculture, stock raising, and the raising of “good citizens."

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December 2016

After all, it is what the man is that counts.

President Roosevelt speaks to a crowd at Redfield. He thanks them and the National Guard for greeting him and congratulates them on their prosperity in agriculture, stock raising, and the raising of “good citizens."

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December 2016

Nine tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

Typed draft with handwritten edits of Theodore Roosevelt's speech at the semi-centennial celebration of Nebraska's statehood. Roosevelt recalls America's two wars up to the present, the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, and says that they were good for the country because they established liberties for its citizens. He warns that World War I is threatening those liberties due to pacifists and a lack of military preparation by the United States. He calls for loyalty to America from its immigrant population and for voluntary service in the military and aid organizations.

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December 2016

In this country we must have but one flag, the American flag; but one language, the English language; and above all, but one loyalty, an exclusive and undivided loyalty to the United States, with no Lot’s wife attitude, no looking back to the various old world countries from which our ancestors have severally come.

Typed draft with handwritten edits of Theodore Roosevelt's speech at the semi-centennial celebration of Nebraska's statehood. Roosevelt recalls America's two wars up to the present, the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, and says that they were good for the country because they established liberties for its citizens. He warns that World War I is threatening those liberties due to pacifists and a lack of military preparation by the United States. He calls for loyalty to America from its immigrant population and for voluntary service in the military and aid organizations.

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December 2016

It is our boast that we admit the immigrant to full fellowship and equality with the native born. In return we demand that he shall share our undivided allegiance to the one flag which floats over all of us.

Typed draft with handwritten edits of Theodore Roosevelt's speech at the semi-centennial celebration of Nebraska's statehood. Roosevelt recalls America's two wars up to the present, the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, and says that they were good for the country because they established liberties for its citizens. He warns that World War I is threatening those liberties due to pacifists and a lack of military preparation by the United States. He calls for loyalty to America from its immigrant population and for voluntary service in the military and aid organizations.

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December 2016

…patriotism means service to the nation; and only those who render such service to the nation; and only those who render such service are fit to enjoy the privilege of citizenship.

Typed draft with handwritten edits of Theodore Roosevelt's speech at the semi-centennial celebration of Nebraska's statehood. Roosevelt recalls America's two wars up to the present, the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, and says that they were good for the country because they established liberties for its citizens. He warns that World War I is threatening those liberties due to pacifists and a lack of military preparation by the United States. He calls for loyalty to America from its immigrant population and for voluntary service in the military and aid organizations.

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December 2016

Patriotism is an affair of deeds, and patriotic words are good only in so far as they result in deeds.

Typed draft with handwritten edits of Theodore Roosevelt's speech at the semi-centennial celebration of Nebraska's statehood. Roosevelt recalls America's two wars up to the present, the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, and says that they were good for the country because they established liberties for its citizens. He warns that World War I is threatening those liberties due to pacifists and a lack of military preparation by the United States. He calls for loyalty to America from its immigrant population and for voluntary service in the military and aid organizations.

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December 2016

That we were definitely to realize that righteousness stood above peace, and that the only good citizens were those who were sternly ready to face war rather than submit to an unrighteous or cowardly peace.

Typed draft with handwritten edits of Theodore Roosevelt's speech at the semi-centennial celebration of Nebraska's statehood. Roosevelt recalls America's two wars up to the present, the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, and says that they were good for the country because they established liberties for its citizens. He warns that World War I is threatening those liberties due to pacifists and a lack of military preparation by the United States. He calls for loyalty to America from its immigrant population and for voluntary service in the military and aid organizations.

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December 2016

If next November my countrymen confirm at the polls the action of the convention you represent, I shall, under Providence, work with an eye single to the welfare of all our people.

From Theodore Roosevelt’s speech to the Republican National Committee after he was confirmed as the party’s nominee in 1907.

December 2016

I have a great deal of faith in the average American citizen. I think he is a pretty good fellow, and I think he can generally get on with the other average American citizen if he will only know it.

President Roosevelt speaks to the railroad branch of the YMCA in Topeka, Kansas, on “decent living and high ideals.” He praises them for their character, strength, and courage. Roosevelt also discusses the YMCA’s mission and how it helps to develop the character of young men. He also discusses his hopes for the future.

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November 2016

I do not want a man to fail to try to strive for his own betterment, I do not want him to be quick to yield to injustice, but I want him to stand for his rights, and I want him to be very certain that he knows what his rights are, and that he does not make them the wrongs of some one else.

President Roosevelt speaks to the railroad branch of the YMCA in Topeka, Kansas, on “decent living and high ideals.” He praises them for their character, strength, and courage. Roosevelt also discusses the YMCA’s mission and how it helps to develop the character of young men. He also discusses his hopes for the future.

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