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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The army and the navy are the sword and the shield which this nation must carry if she is to do her duty among the nations of the earth....

Theodore Roosevelt was a strong advocate of military preparedness. He said this in his speech entitled "The Strenuous Life," given in 1899, less than a year after the conclusion of the Spanish-American War.

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September 2016

The man who counts in life is the man who goes out and tries to do the thing. The man who makes his way in private life is not the man who dreams golden dreams, but the man who tries to put them in practice, who works at his profession, who tries to count in the world.

President Roosevelt greets a crowd in Shenandoah and speaks to them regarding character. He relates character to the veterans of the Civil War and to public life.

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September 2016

I believe in education. I believe in giving it free to every man and every woman, because I don’t think we can have a successful democracy unless it is an educated one.

Theodore Roosevelt encourages the people of Baltimore to subscribe to the Fourth Liberty Loan in order to aid the war effort. Roosevelt also advocates for young men to sign up to fight and for everyone to help the war effort in every way they can in order to support American democracy. His speech ends with the idea that universal suffrage can only be justified by universal service.

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September 2016

Let us demand the service from women as we do men, and in return give the suffrage to all men and women who in peace and war perform the service, and to no others. Base suffrage on service and not sex.

Theodore Roosevelt encourages the people of Baltimore to subscribe to the Fourth Liberty Loan in order to aid the war effort. Roosevelt also advocates for young men to sign up to fight and for everyone to help the war effort in every way they can in order to support American democracy. His speech ends with the idea that universal suffrage can only be justified by universal service.

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September 2016

From the days when civilized man first began to strive for self-government and democracy, success has depended primarily upon the ability to steer clear of extremes.

Theodore Roosevelt encourages the people of Baltimore to subscribe to the Fourth Liberty Loan in order to aid the war effort. Roosevelt also advocates for young men to sign up to fight and for everyone to help the war effort in every way they can in order to support American democracy. His speech ends with the idea that universal suffrage can only be justified by universal service.

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September 2016

The war came – our gross ideals were shattered and the scales fell from our eyes and we saw things as they really were. Suddenly in the awful presence of death we grew to understand the true values of life.

Theodore Roosevelt encourages the people of Baltimore to subscribe to the Fourth Liberty Loan in order to aid the war effort. Roosevelt also advocates for young men to sign up to fight and for everyone to help the war effort in every way they can in order to support American democracy. His speech ends with the idea that universal suffrage can only be justified by universal service.

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September 2016

The things of the body have a rightful place and a great place. But the things of the soul should have an even greater place. There has been in the past in this country far too much of that gross materialism which in the end eats like an acid into all the fine qualities of our soul.

Theodore Roosevelt encourages the people of Baltimore to subscribe to the Fourth Liberty Loan in order to aid the war effort. Roosevelt also advocates for young men to sign up to fight and for everyone to help the war effort in every way they can in order to support American democracy. His speech ends with the idea that universal suffrage can only be justified by universal service.

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September 2016

We intend to try to help others but we know well that we cannot do so, unless we are able to do justice within our own borders and to manage well the affairs of our own household.

Theodore Roosevelt encourages the people of Baltimore to subscribe to the Fourth Liberty Loan in order to aid the war effort. Roosevelt also advocates for young men to sign up to fight and for everyone to help the war effort in every way they can in order to support American democracy. His speech ends with the idea that universal suffrage can only be justified by universal service.

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September 2016

We are also fighting for the rights of all peoples small or great, so long as they are well-behaved and do not wrong others, to enjoy their liberty and govern themselves in the forms they see fit to adopt.

Theodore Roosevelt encourages the people of Baltimore to subscribe to the Fourth Liberty Loan in order to aid the war effort. Roosevelt also advocates for young men to sign up to fight and for everyone to help the war effort in every way they can in order to support American democracy. His speech ends with the idea that universal suffrage can only be justified by universal service.

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September 2016

Exactly as we must have but one flag, so we should have but one tongue, the tongue of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington’s Farewell Address, of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Speech and Second Inaugural.

Theodore Roosevelt questions American immigrants' loyalty to the country during the World War. He accuses politicians of not wanting to enter the war in order to appease German voters and accuses "pacifists" that support Germany as traitors. He calls for allegiance to America by anyone living in the country and lists several examples of German-born Americans who are loyal citizens.

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September 2016

The men who enjoy the privileges of American citizenship, and yet seek in any way to serve some other nation which is hostile to us, are guilty of moral treason to the Republic.

Theodore Roosevelt questions American immigrants' loyalty to the country during the World War. He accuses politicians of not wanting to enter the war in order to appease German voters and accuses "pacifists" that support Germany as traitors. He calls for allegiance to America by anyone living in the country and lists several examples of German-born Americans who are loyal citizens.

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