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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I thoroughly enjoy life, and believe in doing so.

Theodore Roosevelt expresses his thinking about Sir Spring Rice and "Lady Springy", regards success and failure, striving, speaks of "essentials of happiness", the oncoming election, and his children and wife.

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August 2016

It is of no use telling the children to tell the truth if they see their elders not telling the truth; no use trying to teach the child to be unselfish if the father or mother is selfish. There is no use in trying to teach the small folks not to shirk their duty if the bigger ones shirk theirs.

President Roosevelt takes particular pleasure in greeting the people of a town where the railroad plays a large part in the community. Roosevelt is also glad to see that Indians are starting to send their children to school, as well as owning cattle and property. According to Roosevelt, the highest type of citizenship is to be found in the home.

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August 2016

In the last analysis what American stands for more than for aught else is for treating each man on his worth as a man; if he acts well in whatever walk of life, whatever his ancestry, his creed, his color, give him a fair chance; if he acts badly let nothing protect him from the hand of the law; treat him well, give him every chance, and see that he treats others well in return.

President Roosevelt takes particular pleasure in greeting the people of a town where the railroad plays a large part in the community. Roosevelt is also glad to see that Indians are starting to send their children to school, as well as owning cattle and property. According to Roosevelt, the highest type of citizenship is to be found in the home.

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August 2016

The good citizen is the man who does what can be done as well as it possibly can be done.

Theodore Roosevelt highlights that Westfield, Massachusetts, is home to the second oldest normal school in the country. Education is a cornerstone of the United States. Roosevelt mentions the public school system and the importance of education at home. Roosevelt closes with emphasizing the importance of courage, honesty, and common sense for good citizenship.

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August 2016

Practicing will beat preaching every day of the week, even as preaching. Practice is the best kind of preaching. The best way you can preach is to practice by example.

Theodore Roosevelt highlights that Westfield, Massachusetts, is home to the second oldest normal school in the country. Education is a cornerstone of the United States. Roosevelt mentions the public school system and the importance of education at home. Roosevelt closes with emphasizing the importance of courage, honesty, and common sense for good citizenship.

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August 2016

We have no place in our American society for the man or the woman who fails to appreciate the need of effort, the need of work to justify his or her existence.

President Roosevelt remarks on the fertility and prosperity of Kansas, especially as he has seen through his travels.

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August 2016

The fundamental doctrine of our government is to treat each man or woman not as part of a caste, but on his or her worth as man or woman, and therefore to exact from each man that he do his duty as a citizen.

Theodore Roosevelt thanks the people of Oregon. Roosevelt focuses on not treating people as part of a caste, but instead highlights the importance of individual attributes.

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August 2016

I believe in work and I believe in play. Play hard while you play, and while you work do not play at all.

President Roosevelt greets the school children of Santa Fe. He thanks the teachers for their work and speaks of the qualities of character that he hopes are being fostered in the children.

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August 2016

Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.

President Roosevelt, in his address at the Day Prize Exercises at the Groton School, discusses the qualities that make a decent boy and man. In particular, the President elaborates on duty, philanthropy, scholarship, and athletics.

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August 2016

The life that is worth living and the only life that is worth living is the life of effort; the life of effort to attain what is worth striving for.

President Roosevelt, in his address at the Day Prize Exercises at the Groton School, discusses the qualities that make a decent boy and man. In particular, the President elaborates on duty, philanthropy, scholarship, and athletics.

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August 2016

Let him play; let him have as good a time as he can have. I have a pity that is akin to contempt for the man who does not have as good a time as he can out of life. But let him work. Let him count in this world

President Roosevelt, in his address at the Day Prize Exercises at the Groton School, discusses the qualities that make a decent boy and man. In particular, the President elaborates on duty, philanthropy, scholarship, and athletics.

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