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, 2019:

You who came here and made this state great, you could have done nothing if it had not been that you had cool heads, stout hands, strong hearts.
Excerpt from a speech of President Roosevelt given at Abilene, Kansas, May 2, 1903.

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January 15, 2019
I congratulate you upon all you do in wheat growing and stock raising, but above all, the type of men and women you grow.
President Roosevelt made these remarks in Valley City, North Dakota on April 7, 1903. Roosevelt used similar wording in addresses to other Western citizens while campaigning for president, although concedes in this letter that "I feel at home here in North Dakota."

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January 14, 2019
...I congratulate you especially upon the type of manhood and womanhood you developed in the state. This is what counts.
President Roosevelt spoke these words in an address to a crowd in Palmer Lake, Colorado, in 1903.

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January 13, 2019
We should not take part in acting a lie any more than in telling a lie.
From a speech at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910. Roosevelt went on a grand tour of Europe following his African safari.
January 12, 2019
The virtue that is cloistered, the virtue that stays at home, that sits in its own parlor and wonders why the world is so bad, does not help anyone.
From an address of President Roosevelt at Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 4, 1903.

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January 11, 2019
Women should have access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.
From Chapter 5 of Roosevelt's autobiography Applied Idealism
January 10, 2019
There is no need for a boy to preach about his own good conduct and virtue. If he does he will make himself offensive and ridiculous. But there is urgent need that he should practice decency; that he should be clean and straight, honest and truthful, gentle and tender, as well as brave.
Excerpt from the 1900 article, "The American Boy."
January 9, 2019
I wish always to do all that I can to make the workingman feel that it should be a matter of personal pride with him to do work of the highest quality, and to show himself in skilled proficiency a master of his trade.
After discussing his support of a workers' compensation act, secure living wages, and employee profit sharing in a letter to Leon C. Sutton on May 25, 1911, Roosevelt also stresses that not all rewards are financial.

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January 8, 2019
I have had the crown, I have had everything possible, and there is nothing left for me to grasp at.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote these words to friend and advisor Henry Cabot Lodge in March of 1910 upon questions about whether he would run for president again. While Roosevelt said he wanted nothing of the matter, he also concedes in his letter that he will "neither seek nor shirk responsibility."
January 7, 2019
The American people have steadily grown to think less and less of me, and more definitely determined not to use me in any public position.
In a July 31, 1916, letter to his sister Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, Theodore Roosevelt is disappointed his commitment and hard work in recent years has gone unappreciated. He thinks he was "empathetically right" and had the best interest of the American people in mind.
January 6, 2019
This morning I had a dreadful letter from Elliot. The horrible part is it is quite a sane letter, but with a hideous lack of moral sensibility about it.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote to his sister on August 22, 1891, that he was worried about his brother Elliot and a recent love child scandal.

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