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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Featured Quote for January 24, 2018:

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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January 12, 2018
Patriotism is an affair of deeds, and patriotic words are good only in so far as they result in deeds.
Theodore Roosevelt recalls America's two wars up to the present, the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, and says that they were good for the country because they established liberties for its citizens. He warns that World War I is threatening those liberties due to pacifists and a lack of military preparation by the United States. He calls for loyalty to America from its immigrant population and for voluntary service in the military and aid organizations.

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January 11, 2018
For us to oppress any class of our fellow citizens is not only wrong to others but hurtful to ourselves; for in the long run such action is no more detrimental to the oppressed than to those who think that they temporarily benefit by the oppression. Surely no man can quarrel with these principles.
Theodore Roosevelt describes in detail the challenging issue of race in the Progressive Party, as well as the Republican and Democratic Parties. He says "We have made the Progressive issue a moral, not a racial issue." Roosevelt concludes that the Progressive Party, as well as Southern black men, will be best served by appealing to Southern white men who support civil rights.

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January 10, 2018
In this country we cannot permanently succeed except upon the basis of treating each man on his worth as a man.
Theodore Roosevelt describes in detail the challenging issue of race in the Progressive Party, as well as the Republican and Democratic Parties. He says "We have made the Progressive issue a moral, not a racial issue." Roosevelt concludes that the Progressive Party, as well as Southern black men, will be best served by appealing to Southern white men who support civil rights.

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January 9, 2018
Nothing could offer higher promise for the future of our country than an intelligent interest in the best ideals of citizenship, its privileges and duties, among the students of our common schools.
President Roosevelt commends William W. Justice on establishing civics teachings originating from Wilson L. Gill in the city of Philadelphia. President Roosevelt feels that "nothing could offer higher promise for our future" than for students to learn the ideals of citizenship.

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January 8, 2018
I have a great deal of faith in the average American citizen. I think he is a pretty good fellow, and I think he can generally get on with the other average American citizen if he will only know it.
President Roosevelt speaks to the railroad branch of the YMCA in Topeka, Kansas, on “decent living and high ideals.” He praises them for their character, strength, and courage. Roosevelt also discusses the YMCA’s mission and how it helps to develop the character of young men. He also discusses his hopes for the future.

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January 7, 2018
I do not want a man to fail to try to strive for his own betterment, I do not want him to be quick to yield to injustice, but I want him to stand for his rights, and I want him to be very certain that he knows what his rights are, and that he does not make them the wrongs of someone else.
President Roosevelt speaks to the railroad branch of the YMCA in Topeka, Kansas, on “decent living and high ideals.” He praises them for their character, strength, and courage. Roosevelt also discusses the YMCA’s mission and how it helps to develop the character of young men. He also discusses his hopes for the future.

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January 6, 2018
But every man of us needs help—needs more and more to be given the chance to show for himself the stuff that is in him;…
Theodore Roosevelt emphasizes the importance of a free library in giving people the training they have the character to desire.

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January 5, 2018
The only philanthropic work that counts in the long run is the work that helps a man help himself.
Theodore Roosevelt emphasizes the importance of a free library in giving people the training they have the character to desire.

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January 4, 2018
Our whole future of course depends primarily upon how the next generation turns out.
President Roosevelt addresses citizens of Ventura and marvels at the unity of the American people. He also thanks the teachers for “what they have done” and speaks of character building and citizenship.

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January 3, 2018
Truth telling is a virtue upon which we should not only insist in the schools and at home, but in business and politics just as much.
President Roosevelt addresses citizens of Ventura and marvels at the unity of the American people. He also thanks the teachers for “what they have done” and speaks of character building and citizenship.

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