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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March 05, 2015
We want to emphasize that we are the heirs of Lincoln’[s] principles and policies, that he is our man…
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At this moment, my small daughter being out, I am acting as nurse to two wee guinea pigs, which she feels would not be safe save in the room with me – and if I can prevent it I do not intend to have wanton suffering inflicted on any creatures.
Good legislation does not secure good government, which can come only through a good administration.
…speaking generally the boy or man who does one thing with his whole heart and learns how to do it well, will do other things with his whole heart.
The amateur athlete who thinks of nothing but athletics, and makes it the serious business of his life, becomes a bore, if nothing worse. A young man who has broken a running or jumping record, who has stroked a winning club crew, or played on his college nine or eleven, has a distinct claim to our respect; but if, when middle-aged, he has still done nothing more in the world, he forfeits even this claim which he originally had.
It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one’s sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature
I believe with all my heart in this Nation playing its part manfully and well. I believe that we are now, at the outset of the twentieth centure [sic.], face to face with great world problems; that we can not help playing the part of a great world power…
I am more proud of you, and of the other three, than I can say. And every one who speaks to me of you boys does it with a look and in a tone that makes my heart swell.
…it is by no means easy to combine honesty and efficiency; and yet it is absolutely necessary, in order to do any work really worth doing.
Politics here are in chaos. I should be sure that either party would be defeated if it were not for the fact that the other is its opponent.