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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Quote for October 25, 2014 :


The equation of personal taste is as powerful in reading as in eating; and within certain broad limits the matter is merely one of individual preference, having nothing to do with the quality either of the book or of the reader’s mind.


Roosevelt wrote these words in A Book-Lover’s Holidays in the Open in 1916. His reading tastes were wide and eclectic.

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I am picking up a little in the cattle business, branding a slightly larger number of calves each year, and putting back a few thousand dollars into my capital; but I shall never make good my losses.

Theodore Roosevelt wrote these words in a letter to his friend and ranch hand, Bill Sewall, a few years after the harsh winter of 1886.

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But the heaviest weight of condemnation should be reserved for each of us who represents the people and who yet fails to do all in his power in the interest of the people to bring to an end a situation fraught with such infinite danger to the whole commonwealth.

Exhibiting his strong sense of duty and leadership, President Roosevelt did everything within his power to resolve the Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902, which had threatened to cause coal shortages across the nation.

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They were men of facts, not theories; and they showed their usual hard common-sense in making a government.

In The Winning of the West, Theodore Roosevelt describes the backwoodsmen who adapted the forms of government they had grown up with to bring structure to their Appalachian communities.


I am more and more impressed every day, not only with the man’s wonderful power and sagacity, but with his literally endless patience, and at the same time his unflinching resolution.

During his busiest days as president, Theodore Roosevelt found comfort and inspiration in reading the history and writings of Abraham Lincoln.

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Now, fortunately, I always play the political game with the cards on the table, so far as any honest and intelligent man who wants to know the truth is concerned.

Roosevelt wrote these words in a January 1902 letter to Puck magazine’s founders, Joseph Ferdinand Keppler and Adolph Schwartzmann, thanking them for the magazine’s attitude toward his administration.

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In all the world there could be no better material for soldiers than that afforded by these grim hunters of the mountains, these wild rough riders of the plains.

Theodore Roosevelt describes the recruitment and training of his Spanish-American War volunteer division in his published account The Rough Riders.


It was lovely out in the country, with the trees at their very best of fall coloring.

President Roosevelt enjoyed riding horseback with his wife and daughter in mid-October of 1903.

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Doubtless the grizzly could be hunted to advantage with dogs, which would not, of course, be expected to seize him, but simply to find and bay him, and distract his attention by barking and nipping. Occasionally, a bear can be caught in the open and killed with the aid of horses. But nine times out of ten the only way to get one is to put on moccasins and still-hunt it in its own haunts, shooting it at close quarters.

Roosevelt wrote this in Hunting Trips of a Ranchman. He killed his first grizzly bear on September 13, 1884, in the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming.


Mother has gone off for nine days, and as usual I am acting as vice-mother.

In the absence of Mrs. Roosevelt, President Roosevelt describes his adventures reading stories, reciting hymns, and scrambling down Rock Creek with his youngest sons.

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It seems to me that one of the great tests of civilization is the refusal by great powers to jeopardize the rights of weaker, well-behaved powers.

Theodore Roosevelt could find no justification for the German invasion of Belgium in the early months of World War I.

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