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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October 02, 2014
…And to lose the chance to see frigate-birds soaring in circles above the storm, or a file of pelicans winging their way homeward across the crimson afterglow of the sunset, or a myriad of terns flashing in the bright light of midday as they hover in a shifting maze above the beach—why, the loss is like the loss of a gallery of the masterpieces of the artists of old time.
One thing I want definitely understood before we go into this work, and that is the question of expedition. Without fail we must have the last piece of work completed by December first, and we must have the office building and all of the present living apartments finished completely by October first.
She feels – and I think she is entirely right – that the one side in which American life is weak is the artistic, and that we ought not to throw away anything which will give us a chance to develop artistically in any way along original lines.
I am in this cause with my whole heart and soul. I believe that the Progressive movement is for making life a little easier for all our people; a movement to try to take the burdens off the men and especially the women and children of this country. I am absorbed in the success of that movement.
It was very interesting going through New Mexico and seeing the strange old civilization of the desert, and next day the Grand Canyon of Arizona, wonderful and beautiful beyond description. I could have sat and looked at it for days. It is a tremendous chasm, a mile deep and several miles wide, the cliffs carved into battlements, amphitheatres, towers and pinnacles, and the coloring wonderful, red and yellow and gray and green.
The road between my upper and lower ranch-houses is about forty miles long, sometimes following the river-bed, and then again branching off inland, crossing the great plateaus and winding through the ravines of the broken country. It is a five hours’ fair ride; and so, in a hot spell, we like to take it during the cool of the night, starting at sunset.
The prayers appointed by President Wilson, the peace parades, the protests against war, the use of peace postage stamps, and the like, in this country, amount to precisely and exactly nothing…My objection to the peace advocates is that they do not account to anything, that they have not done any good.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.
I was much put out at the Scribners changing the name of the book; for it seemed to me very much a change for the worse.
We have just heard that Ted and Archie landed in France. Lord Northcliffe wired me this morning that Lord Derby offered Kermit a position on the staff of its British army in Mesopotamia; I do not know when he will sail. Quentin has passed his examinations for the flying corps…