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 March 24, 2019:

Like myself, you have a wife who will persist in refusing to think of herself.
In a letter dated October 29, 1912, Theodore Roosevelt writes that has had an extraordinary campaign and continues to recover after being shot. He encourages Robert Harry Munro Ferguson to go on vacation with his wife, Isabella Ferguson.

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March 23, 2019
Edith and I passed it alone, and I drank her health in Madeira which her grandfather had brought over in his own sailing ship in 1813--hard old cati-cornered Huguenot New Yorker that he was, had a good taste in Madeira.
Excerpt of a letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Robert Harry Munro Ferguson and Isabella Ferguson, dated December 05, 1911, about how he and wife Edith celebrated their silver wedding anniversary.

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March 22, 2019
Ethel has been not merely absolutely devoted, but a tower of strength.
In October of 1911, Theodore Roosevelt writes to Robert Harry Munro Ferguson and Isabella Ferguson about the health of Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt after recently being thrown from a horse and knocked unconscious.

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March 21, 2019
There are some ticklish things coming up in connection with the Newfoundland fisheries, and there is always the possibility of its being really important to have a good man here.
Excerpt, letter to Robert Harry Munro Ferguson, July 20, 1906.

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March 20, 2019
I can paddle and row about in the rowboat now.
Young Theodore Roosevelt writes to his nurse Dora Watkins in 1867 about the fun he is having, and skills he is learning, while away at a family summer home in Barrytown, New York. He included a sketch he drew of the cove where they paddle with his letter.

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March 19, 2019
The monetary equivalent of a living wage varies according to local conditions, but must include enough to secure the elements of a normal standard of living--a standard high enough to make morality possible, to provide for education and recreation, to care for immature members of the family, to maintain the family during periods of sickness, and to permit a reasonable saving for old age.
Throughout Roosevelt's campaign for president under the Progressive Party he reiterated the need for an improved living wage, such as this excerpt from a speech given in August of 1912.

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March 18, 2019
Our aim is to secure the real and not the nominal rule of the people.
Taken from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt while campaigning for president as a Progressive Party candidate on April 3, 1912.

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March 17, 2019
Prosperity can only permanently come to this country on a basis of honesty and fair treatment for all.
Theodore Roosevelt spoke about the need for fair treatment and opportunity for all Americans in this speech given to a crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 3, 1912 while campaigning for president as a Progressive Party candidate.

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March 16, 2019
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in if it is not a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.
Taken from an address given by Theodore Roosevelt in Louisville, Kentucky in 1912.

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March 15, 2019
I believe in the men who take the next step; not those who theorize about the 200th step.
Excerpt from a letter to Lincoln Steffens on June 5, 1908.

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March 14, 2019
My own children and their cousins have the fond belief, which I would not for anything unsettle, that there is a peculiarly delicious flavor in the beefsteaks and sliced potatoes which I fry in bacon fat over a camp fire.
In a letter to Edward Sanford Martin written July 30, 1903, President Roosevelt describes a recent camping outing with the Roosevelt children and cousins.

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