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.
The TR Quote of the Day App, available in the Mac App Store or Android Market for your iOS and Android devices, also includes a TR Quiz to test your knowledge about our 26th president.
November 24, 2014
I traveled through a large part of both Dakotas, of Wyoming and of Montana in a Studebaker wagon; for I never had any other on the ranch – I think I should have been cut out of the round-up if I had had any other!
View Document of Origin
I find reading a great comfort. People often say to me that they do not see how I find time for it, to which I answer them (much more truthfully than they believe) that to me it is a dissipation, which I have sometimes to try to avoid, instead of an irksome duty. Of course I have been so busy for the last ten years, so absorbed in political work, that I have simply given up reading any book that I do not find interesting.
Next year you must come to the Yellowstone with me; then I can start you home, and take a little hunt after you have gone, and so not be away from you so long.
In public as in private life a bold front tends to insure peace and not strife. If we possess a formidable navy, small is the chance indeed that we shall ever be dragged into a war to uphold the Monroe Doctrine. If we do not possess such a navy, war may be forced on us at any time.
We had plenty of meat, and the naturalists had enough specimens; and I was glad that there was no need to harm the beautiful creatures.
In a democracy it is essential that each man should think of his rights but it is even more essential that he thinks of his duties.
To my mind this building of the canal through Panama will rank in kind, though not of course in degree, with the Louisiana purchase [sic] and the acquisition of Texas.
Real issues affect women precisely as much as men. The women who bear children and attend to their own homes have precisely the same right to speak in politics that their husbands have who are the fathers of their children and who work to keep up their homes…
This is a very sociable little bird, being always found in flocks of from twenty to a hundred. Once a day, in the early morning it visits the water to drink but excepting at this time, it almost always remains in the deserts.
Alike for the nation and the individual, the one indispensable requisite is character--character that does and dares as well as endures, character that is active in the performance of virtue no less than firm in the refusal to do aught that is vicious or degraded.
There are few moments more pleasant than the home-coming, when, in the gathering darkness, after crossing the last chain of ice-covered buttes… we see, through the leafless trees, or across the frozen river, the red gleam of the firelight as it shines through the ranch windows and flickers over the trunks of the cottonwoods outside, warming a man’s blood by the mere hint of the warmth awaiting him within.