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 4, 2018
The life that is worth living and the only life that is worth living is the life of effort, the life of effort to attain what is worth striving for.
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 3, 2018
Remember that in life and above all in the very active, practical, workdaday life on this continent, the man who wins out must be the man who works.
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 2, 2018
Because much has been given to you, therefore we have a right to expect much from you;…
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 1, 2018
Be honest, and remember that honesty counts for nothing unless back of it lie courage and efficiency.
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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March 31, 2018
Hardness of heart is a dreadful quality, but it is doubtful whether, in the long run, it works more damage than softness of head. At any rate, both are undesirable.
President Roosevelt talks about the importance of sincere goodwill in society, specifically referencing the book A Simple Life by Charles Wagner as an inspiration.

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March 30, 2018
In the long run, the only kind of help that really avails is the help which teaches a man to help himself.
President Roosevelt talks about the importance of sincere goodwill in society, specifically referencing the book A Simple Life by Charles Wagner as an inspiration.

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March 29, 2018
Every one of us slips on some occasion, and shame to his fellow who then refuses to stretch out the hand that should always be ready to help the man who stumbles. It is our duty to lift him up; but it is also our duty to remember that there is no earthly use in trying to carry him.
President Roosevelt talks about the importance of sincere goodwill in society, specifically referencing the book A Simple Life by Charles Wagner as an inspiration.

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March 28, 2018
It is almost as irritating to be patronized as to be wronged.
President Roosevelt talks about the importance of sincere goodwill in society, specifically referencing the book A Simple Life by Charles Wagner as an inspiration.

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March 27, 2018
Any effort is to be welcomed that brings people closer together, so as to secure a better understanding among those whose walks of life are in ordinary circumstances far apart.
President Roosevelt talks about the importance of sincere goodwill in society, specifically referencing the book A Simple Life by Charles Wagner as an inspiration.

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March 26, 2018
The man who lives simply, and justly and honorably, whether rich or poor, is a good citizen.
President Roosevelt talks about the importance of sincere goodwill in society, specifically referencing the book A Simple Life by Charles Wagner as an inspiration.

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