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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March 09, 2014
I believe with all my heart that the better we learn to know one another the less chance there will be of ever any trouble coming between any of us.
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I only regret that I cannot make the address in your own beautiful tongue. Unfortunately I am not well enough educated, but, thank heavens! my children are getting a better education.
I do not believe in violent revolutions, but I do believe in steady and healthy growth in the right direction.
In international matters to make believe that nations are equal when they are not equal is as productive of far-reaching harm as to make the same pretence about individuals in a community.
All civilized mankind have benefited immeasurably by the French conquest of Algiers, the English conquest of the Soudan, the Russian conquest of Turkestan; by our taking California and the Panama Zone. It would be a calamity at this time to have those conquests undone. It would on the other hand be a calamity to have Belgium, Holland and Switzerland absorbed by any power against their will.
The first and vital point in any settlement is that might shall be put behind right...
No one in the navy should be allowed to forget that a seaman's prime duty is to be at sea, and that all other work is merely in preparation for this.
I do not much admire the Senate, because it is such a helpless body when efficient work for good is to be done.
The men and women who in peace-time fear or ignore the primary and vital duties and the high happiness of family life, who dare not beget and bear and rear the life that is to last when they are in their graves, have broken the chain of creation, and have shown that they are unfit for companionship with the souls ready for the Great Adventure.
I'd give all I'm worth to be just two days in supreme command. I'd be perfectly willing then to resign, for I'd have things going so that nobody could stop them.
It seems rather odd that it should be necessary to insist upon the fact that the essence of a book is to be readable; but most certainly the average scientific or historical writer needs to have this elementary proposition drilled into his brain. Perhaps if this drilling were once accomplished, we Americans would stand a greater chance of producing an occasional Darwin or Gibbon.