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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Featured Quote for August 14, 2018:
I do not think there is a more impressive sepulcher on earth than [Napoleon’s] tomb; it is grandly simple. I am not very easily awestruck, but it certainly gave me a solemn feeling to look at the plain, red stone bier which contained what had once been the mightiest conqueror the world ever saw.
August 13, 2018
I want to let in light and air, but I do not want to let in sewer-gas. . . . In other words, I feel that the man who in a yellow newspaper or in a yellow magazine makes a ferocious attack on good men or even attacks bad men with exaggeration or for things they have not done, is a potent enemy of those of us who are really striving in good faith to expose bad men and drive them from power.
August 12, 2018
No man, not even the soldier who does his duty, stands quite on the level with the wife and mother who has done her duty.
August 11, 2018
Every great nation owes to the men whose lives have formed part of its greatness not merely the material effect of what they did, not merely the laws they placed upon the statute-books or the victories they won over armed foes, but also the immense but indefinable moral influence produced by their deeds and words themselves upon the national character.
August 10, 2018
The very reason why we object to State ownership, that it puts a stop to individual initiative and to the healthy development of personal responsibility, is the reason why we object to an unsupervised, unchecked monopolistic control in private hands.
August 9, 2018
We should undertake the complete development and control of the Mississippi as a national work, just as we have undertaken the work of building the Panama Canal. We can use the plant, and we can use the human experience, left free by the completion of the Panama Canal in so developing the Mississippi as to make it a mighty highroad of commerce.
August 8, 2018
I have scant patience with this talk of the tyranny of the majority. Wherever there is tyranny of the majority, I shall protest against it with all my heart and soul. But we are to-day suffering from the tyranny of minorities. . . It is a small minority that lies behind monopolies and trusts.
August 7, 2018
I do not think the average American multimillionaire is a very high type, and I do not much admire him. But in his place he is well enough.
August 6, 2018
Beloved by all who knew her; keeping her freshness and beauty to the end; with her children and grandchildren around her...with her duties done, and her joys and sorrows behind her--thus she died, in the fullness of her time.
August 5, 2018
I have rather a horror of ex-Presidents travelling around with no real business, and thereby putting unfortunate potentates who think they ought to show courtesy to the United States in a position where they feel obliged to entertain the said ex-Presidents, no matter how great a hero any one of them may be.
August 4, 2018
Please put out the light.