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 22, 2018:

This is a rough work-a-day world. It is our duty to strive to make it better, to strive to secure gentleness toward the weak, respect for the rights of all. But it is exactly as much our duty to keep ourselves fit mentally, morally and physically to hold our own against injustice and wrong.
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at a luncheon, held at English Club, Ateneo.

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April 21, 2018
We are all of us human, and we all of us have our shortcomings, and the more clearly we recognize that we ourselves individually have them, the more understandingly sympathetic we shall be when they are exhibited by other people. But we shall never be worth anything unless we strive against these shortcomings.
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at a luncheon, held at English Club, Ateneo.

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April 20, 2018
It is impossible to get good government unless full recognition of the rights of others goes hand in hand with insistence upon one’s own rights.
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at a luncheon, held at English Club, Ateneo.

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April 19, 2018
Every man who has a privilege must remember that he cannot permanently keep it unless he accepts the responsibility that goes with it.
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at a luncheon, held at English Club, Ateneo.

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April 18, 2018
It is a mark of folly not to profit by the experience of others, and it is no less a mark of folly to try to imitate others on all points instead f intelligently adapting what has been taken to one’s own special use.
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at a luncheon, held at English Club, Ateneo.

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April 17, 2018
Just as there are differences in character between any two individuals, so there are differences between any two nations, and these differences exist even when the nations are closely allied in blood. We must recognize that there are these differences, and yet, in my judgment, we must also recognize that the resemblances, the points of likeness, are more striking and more important.
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at a luncheon, held at English Club, Ateneo.

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April 16, 2018
Not the fairest cultivation ever appeals to me quite as much as the wild loneliness of the wilderness.
President Roosevelt appreciates the letter and shares Louisa Lee Schuyler's love for the desert. Roosevelt is pleased with the convictions in the post office cases.

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April 15, 2018
And as a body all those connected with the education of our people are entitled to the heartiest praise from all lovers of their country, because as a body they are devoting heart and soul to the welfare of those under them.
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 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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