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 March 30, 2017:

I abhor wanton or unjust war. I believe with all my heart in peace, if peace can be obtained on terms compatible with self-respect.
Theodore Roosevelt would like to see Harvard "take the lead in every real movement for making our country stand as it should stand." However, too many "Harvard men" are supporting the pacifist movement. These pacifists belong with the "college sissy who disapproves of football or boxing because it is rough." Roosevelt describes the pacifist movement as detrimental and ignoble. He argues that the United States needs to prepare materially, spiritually, and morally for war. Roosevelt recommends a course of military training at Harvard.

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March 29, 2017
When off in the wilderness they were obliged to take a man for what he did, not for what he thought.
Winning of the West, V. II, In the Current of the Revolution
March 28, 2017
All qualities, good and bad, are intensified and accentuated in the life of the wilderness.
Winning of the West, V. I. The Spread of English Speaking Peoples
March 27, 2017
You win, not by shirking difficulties, but by facing and overcoming them.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success. Printed 1916 by Federated Publishing Company, New York.

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March 26, 2017
Nevertheless, exactly as strength comes before beauty, so character must ever stand above intellect, above genius. Intellect is fit to be the most useful of servants; but it is an evil master, unless itself mastered by character. This is true of the individual man.
From a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in Sao Paolo, Brazil, on October 27, 1913.

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March 25, 2017
Personally, I think it will be a good thing for this country when the West, as it used to be called, the center, as it really is, grows so big that it can no more be jealous of the East than New York is now jealous of Boston.
Roosevelt compliments Turner's article in The Atlantic Monthly and discusses the West.

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March 24, 2017
It is a mere truism to say that what we wish to do in this country is not merely to develop it for our own use, but while using it to leave it as a better heritage than we received, a better heritage to the generation that is to come after us.
President Roosevelt speaks at Cedar Falls, Iowa, about national greatness and higher education. He speaks to students about good citizenship as a way to show gratitude for higher education.

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March 23, 2017
Of course our common-school system lies at the foundation of our educational system. But it is the foundation only. Of those who are to stand prominent as the representatives of the culture of the community the enormous majority must educate themselves.
Theodore Roosevelt emphasizes the importance of a free library in giving people the training they have the character to desire.

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March 22, 2017
They [children] are quick to take the tone of those to whom they look up, and if they do not look up to you, then you can preach virtue all you wish, the effect will be small.
Theodore Roosevelt praises the development of the education system. He states that the stability of institutions depends on the development of its citizens. Roosevelt specifically mentions the development of healthy bodies and the importance of playgrounds.

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March 21, 2017
It is a poor type of school nowadays that hasn’t got a good play ground attached.
Theodore Roosevelt praises the development of the education system. He states that the stability of institutions depends on the development of its citizens. Roosevelt specifically mentions the development of healthy bodies and the importance of playgrounds.

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March 20, 2017
And as a body all those connected with the education of our people are entitled to the heartiest praise from all lovers of their country, because as a body they are devoting heart and soul to the welfare of those under them.
Theodore Roosevelt praises the development of the education system. He states that the stability of institutions depends on the development of its citizens. Roosevelt specifically mentions the development of healthy bodies and the importance of playgrounds.

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