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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February 01, 2015
The forest reserves themselves are of extreme value to the present as well as the future welfare of all western public-lands States.
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The surest way to stop progress is to lull ourselves into supineness, whether by the cultivation of a flabby optimism, or of that refined shrinking from the sight or knowledge of evil and suffering which may itself be a very unpleasant form of vicious self-indulgence.
I have rarely seen Edith enjoy anything more than she did the six days at my ranch, and the trip through the Yellowstone Park; and she looks just as well and young and pretty and happy as she did four years ago when I married her…
We paid not the slightest attention to a man’s politics or creed, or where he was born as long as he was an American Citizen; and on an average we obtained far and away the best men that had ever come into the Police Department.
There is quite enough sorrow and shame and suffering and baseness in real life, and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction.
As you know, I heartily believe in certain labor unions and I would believe in all labor unions if they were wisely and honestly conducted.
I wonder if you know how much good you do when you go into this active, practical work. It is a help to every man in the country who is striving for decent politics.
Birds that are useless for the table and not harmful to the farm should always be preserved; and the more beautiful they are, the more carefully they should be preserved. They look a great deal better in the swamps and on the beaches and among the trees than they do on hats.
I do appoint you to visit the Isthmus of Panama without unnecessary delay, to ascertain the present condition of the work on the canal there…
There is so great a charm in absolute solitude, in the wild, lonely freedom of the great plains, that often I would make some excuse and go off entirely by myself. Such rides had a fascination of their own. Hour after hour the wiry pony shuffled onward across the sea of short, matted grass. On every side the plains stretched seemingly limitless.
Brutality by a man to a woman, by a grown person to a little child, by anything strong toward anything good and helpless, makes my blood literally boil.