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 24, 2018:

Just as essential as strength and courage, are honesty and fair dealing.
Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at a luncheon, held at English Club, Ateneo.

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March 24, 2018
Sometimes in life, both at school and afterwards, fortune will go against anyone, but if he just keeps pegging away and don’t lose his courage things always take a turn for the better in the end.
Theodore Roosevelt tells his son Kermit not to worry about his lessons.

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March 23, 2018
It is sheer unmanliness and cowardice to shrink from the contest because at first there is failure, or because the work is difficult or repulsive. No man who is worth his salt has any right to abandon the effort to better our politics merely because he does not find it pleasant, merely because it entails associations which to him happen to be disagreeable. Let him keep right on, taking the buffets he gets good-humoredly, and repaying them with heartiness when the chance arises.
President Roosevelt writes about his beliefs concerning how every American should become involved in politics, joining the party of their choice or creating an organization that reflects their beliefs. Roosevelt then discusses the nature of political compromise.

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March 22, 2018
If they fail at first, and if they fail again, let them merely make up their minds to redouble their efforts and perhaps alter their methods; but let them keep on working.
President Roosevelt writes about his beliefs concerning how every American should become involved in politics, joining the party of their choice or creating an organization that reflects their beliefs. Roosevelt then discusses the nature of political compromise.

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March 21, 2018
An ardent young reformer is very apt to try to begin by reforming too much. He needs to always keep in mind that he has got to serve as a sergeant before he assumes the duties of commander-in-chief.
President Roosevelt writes about his beliefs concerning how every American should become involved in politics, joining the party of their choice or creating an organization that reflects their beliefs. Roosevelt then discusses the nature of political compromise.

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March 20, 2018
Of course, in a government like ours, a man can accomplish anything only by acting in combination with others, and equally, of course, a number of people can act together only by each sacrificing certain of his beliefs or prejudices.
President Roosevelt writes about his beliefs concerning how every American should become involved in politics, joining the party of their choice or creating an organization that reflects their beliefs. Roosevelt then discusses the nature of political compromise.

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March 19, 2018
…the people who wish to work for decent politics must work practically, and yet must not swerve from their devotion to a high ideal. They must actually do things, and not merely confine themselves to criticizing [sic] those that do them.
President Roosevelt writes about his beliefs concerning how every American should become involved in politics, joining the party of their choice or creating an organization that reflects their beliefs. Roosevelt then discusses the nature of political compromise.

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March 18, 2018
Learn by your mistakes.
A postcard signed by Theodore Roosevelt is printed with an oval photographic portrait of Roosevelt and four short epigrams attributed to him, all enclosed in a floral border. The years 1915 and 1912 are written on front.

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March 17, 2018
Go ahead, do something and be willing to take responsibility for it.
A postcard signed by Theodore Roosevelt is printed with an oval photographic portrait of Roosevelt and four short epigrams attributed to him, all enclosed in a floral border. The years 1915 and 1912 are written on front.

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March 16, 2018
Have all the fun that is coming to you.
A postcard signed by Theodore Roosevelt is printed with an oval photographic portrait of Roosevelt and four short epigrams attributed to him, all enclosed in a floral border. The years 1915 and 1912 are written on front.

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March 15, 2018
…as soon as a man ceases to improve he goes backward.
In a letter, Colonel Roosevelt expresses his pride in what he hears of Archie, and reflects on his own military service in Cuba, noting that he was "better than any colonel save one in the regulars before Santiago." He closes by lamenting the lack of preparedness of the American military, which he attributes to the "criminal misconduct" of President Woodrow Wilson.

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