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 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 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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January 2, 2018
There is quite enough sorrow and shame and suffering and baseness in real life, and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction.
President Roosevelt writes to his son Kermit to discuss his views on sadness in fiction.

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January 1, 2018
Normally I only care for a novel if the ending is good, and I quite agree with you that if the hero has to die he ought to die worthily and nobly, so that our sorrow at the tragedy shall be tempered with the joy and pride one always feels when a man does his duty well and bravely.
President Roosevelt writes to his son Kermit to discuss his views on sadness in fiction.

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December 31, 2017
We sincerely and earnestly believe in peace; but if peace and justice conflict, we scorn the man who would not stand for justice though the whole world came in arms against him.
Theodore Roosevelt delivered the speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic” at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910. The speech is popularly known as “The Man in the Arena.” His statements at the Sorbonne were part of a larger trip to Europe that also included visits to Vienna, Budapest, and Oslo.
December 30, 2017
Yes, my friend, and if you will steal for me then you will steal from me.
Theodore Roosevelt delivered the speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic” at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910. The speech is popularly known as “The Man in the Arena.” His statements at the Sorbonne were part of a larger trip to Europe that also included visits to Vienna, Budapest, and Oslo.
December 29, 2017
In a republic, to be successful we must learn to combine intensity of conviction with a broad tolerance of difference of conviction. Wide differences of opinion in matters of religion, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.
Theodore Roosevelt delivered the speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic” at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910. The speech is popularly known as “The Man in the Arena.” His statements at the Sorbonne were part of a larger trip to Europe that also included visits to Vienna, Budapest, and Oslo.
December 28, 2017
However broad and deep a man’s sympathies, however intense this activities, he need have no fear that they will be cramped by love of his native land.
Theodore Roosevelt delivered the speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic” at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910. The speech is popularly known as “The Man in the Arena.” His statements at the Sorbonne were part of a larger trip to Europe that also included visits to Vienna, Budapest, and Oslo.
December 27, 2017
Ruin looks us in the face if we judge a man by his position instead of judging him by his conduct in that position.
Theodore Roosevelt delivered the speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic” at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910. The speech is popularly known as “The Man in the Arena.” His statements at the Sorbonne were part of a larger trip to Europe that also included visits to Vienna, Budapest, and Oslo.
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