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 20, 2018:

There is no royal road to prosperity any more than there is any royal road to good government. Good government does not come by any special genius or brilliancy. Good government comes from the average man showing the qualities which we recognize as making a good friend and good neighbor. Prosperity comes not by any juggling with the laws, not by any effort to show a smartness unaccompanied by moral sense it comes by the constant exercise on the part of the individual of these qualities which each of us recognizes as making a desirable citizen of our neighbor in private life.
President Roosevelt speaks to a crowd in New Castle, thanking them for the greeting. He also thanks the Senators and Congressmen for cooperating with him in Washington. Roosevelt discusses the character of the citizens, the need for wise legislation, and the problem of irrigation.

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January 19, 2018
The public schools are the safeguard of our nation. This is literally a fact.
President Roosevelt speaks to a crowd in New Castle, thanking them for the greeting. He also thanks the Senators and Congressmen for cooperating with him in Washington. Roosevelt discusses the character of the citizens, the need for wise legislation, and the problem of irrigation.

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January 18, 2018
What the law can do is shape things that if a man has in him the root of righteousness, if he is decent, intelligent, hardy, brave, if he has forethought, and thrift and energy, he will be able to turn these qualities to good account.
President Roosevelt speaks to a crowd in New Castle, thanking them for the greeting. He also thanks the Senators and Congressmen for cooperating with him in Washington. Roosevelt discusses the character of the citizens, the need for wise legislation, and the problem of irrigation.

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January 17, 2018
We have to show many different traits in order to win to the highest degree national success. There must be work by the Government; there must be wise legislation. But no making of laws, no administration of the law can take the place of the individual man’s individual effort.
President Roosevelt speaks to a crowd in New Castle, thanking them for the greeting. He also thanks the Senators and Congressmen for cooperating with him in Washington. Roosevelt discusses the character of the citizens, the need for wise legislation, and the problem of irrigation.

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January 16, 2018
This government is based upon the fundamental idea that each man, no matter what his occupation, his race, or his religious belief, is entitled to be treated on his worth as a man, and neither favored nor discriminated against because of any accident in his position.
President Roosevelt states that the government is based upon the fundamental idea of treating every man equally.

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January 15, 2018
Now, friends, there is no use in crying over spilt milk. But it is even worse to make believe that the milk was not spilt. The important thing is to face the fact of the spilling, and resolve that it shall not be spilt again.
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 14, 2018
Nine tenths of wisdom is being wise in time!
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 13, 2018
We read Lincoln’s Gettysburg speech and Second Inaugural, only because his words were made good by his deeds, only because he threw aside all considerations other than the welfare of the nations, and with steadfast efficiency fought to the end for freedom and for the preservation of the union.
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 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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