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 April 25, 2018:

It is out of the question of course that any community can permanently succeed if corruption eats into the fibre of its citizens. There must be honesty in the individual relations of life. There must be honesty in business. There must be honesty in public life. The man who swindles in business, and the public servant who does not adhere to a standard of rigid integrity should alike be objects of contempt and abhorrence. Any failure to condemn them, and above all any cynical indifference to their wrong-doing, are marks of national decadence.
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at a luncheon, held at English Club, Ateneo.

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April 14, 2018
Scant should be our patience with any man or woman doing a bit of work vitally worth doing, who does not approach it in the spirit of sincere love for the work, and of desire to do it well for the work’s sake.
Theodore Roosevelt praises the development of the education system. He states that the stability of institutions depends on the development of its citizens. Roosevelt specifically mentions the development of healthy bodies and the importance of playgrounds.

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April 13, 2018
And no body of public servants, no body of individuals associated in private life, are better worth the admiration and respect of all who value citizenship at its true worth, than the body composed of the teachers in the public schools throughout the length and breadth of this Union.
Theodore Roosevelt praises the development of the education system. He states that the stability of institutions depends on the development of its citizens. Roosevelt specifically mentions the development of healthy bodies and the importance of playgrounds.

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April 12, 2018
It is of course a mere truism to say that the stability and future welfare of our institutions of government depend upon the grade of citizenship turned out from our public schools.
Theodore Roosevelt praises the development of the education system. He states that the stability of institutions depends on the development of its citizens. Roosevelt specifically mentions the development of healthy bodies and the importance of playgrounds.

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April 11, 2018
Do not let play interfere with work. Work hard, and when you do play, play hard.
Theodore Roosevelt praises the development of the education system. He states that the stability of institutions depends on the development of its citizens. Roosevelt specifically mentions the development of healthy bodies and the importance of playgrounds.

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April 10, 2018
The more harmoniously you work with each other, the better your work will be.
Theodore Roosevelt emphasizes the importance of preserving forests, while at the same discussing the role timber plays in industries like mining. Members of the Society of American Foresters must work harmoniously together.

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April 9, 2018
For I believe there is no body of men who have it in their power to do a greater service to the country than those engaged in the scientific study of, and practical application of, improved methods of forestry for the preservation of our woods in the United States.
Theodore Roosevelt emphasizes the importance of preserving forests, while at the same discussing the role timber plays in industries like mining. Members of the Society of American Foresters must work harmoniously together.

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April 8, 2018
Honesty is not only the best, it is the only policy that can win anything anywhere that is lasting and beneficial.
President Roosevelt disagrees with Mrs. Nicholson as to who is the better candidate, Mr. Wilson or Mr. Hughes. He gives his reason as coming down to that of character.

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April 7, 2018
The first requisite of statesmanship is honesty.
President Roosevelt disagrees with Mrs. Nicholson as to who is the better candidate, Mr. Wilson or Mr. Hughes. He gives his reason as coming down to that of character.

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April 6, 2018
Success does not lie entirely in the hands of any one of us.
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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April 5, 2018
Our public life depends primarily not upon the men who occupy public positions for the moment, because they are but an infinitesimal fraction of the whole. Our public life depends upon men who take an active interest in that public life; who are bound to see public affairs honestly and competently managed; but who have the good sense to know what honesty and competency actually mean.
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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