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 December 19, 2018:

There was scant room for the coward and the weakling in the ranks of the adventurous frontiersman.
From an address Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt gave on August 2, 1901, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the 25th anniversary of Colorado statehood.


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December 18, 2018
There is no place among us for the mere pessimist; no man who looks at life with a vision that sees all things black or grey can do aught healthful in molding the destiny of a mighty and vigorous people.
From a speech Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt gave titled "The Two Americas," given at the Pan-American Exposition.
December 17, 2018
Mother has gone off for nine days, and as usual I am acting as vice-mother.
In the absence of Mrs. Roosevelt, President Roosevelt describes his adventures reading stories, reciting hymns, and scrambling down Rock Creek with his youngest sons.

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December 16, 2018
If you live in the presence of miracles you gradually get accustomed to them.
When he addressed an audience in San Bernardino, President Roosevelt referred to the unprecedented development of civilization across California during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

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December 15, 2018
There is no room for no half and half loyalty in this country;...
Theodore Roosevelt encourages the people of Baltimore to subscribe to the Fourth Liberty Loan in order to aid the war effort. Roosevelt also advocates for young men to sign up to fight and for everyone to help the war effort in every way they can in order to support American democracy. His speech ends with the idea that universal suffrage can only be justified by universal service.

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December 14, 2018
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.
Theodore Roosevelt reinforced cooperation and friendship between Brazil and the United States when he became a member of the Historical and Geographical Institute of Brazil in October 1913.

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December 13, 2018
It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer. Of course, if the dream is not followed by action, then it is a bubble; it has merely served to divert the man from doing something.
Delivered at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 21, 1905.
December 12, 2018
It is to our discredit as a nation that our governmental buildings should so frequently be monuments of sordid ugliness. Only too often the Government does less to advance the standards of architecture, and therefore of public taste, than has been done by many big private corporations.
Roosevelt wrote these words in a letter to the American Institute of Architects. The letter was read to the convention on December 7, 1916. Although Roosevelt's personal tastes were largely masculine and monumental, he possessed a surprising range of aesthetic appreciation.
December 11, 2018
Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see.
With the Grand Canyon as his backdrop for this speech, President Theodore Roosevelt pleaded the case for the “unparalleled” natural wonder on May 6, 1903. On January 11, 1908, Roosevelt designated the Grand Canyon a national monument.

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December 10, 2018
Books are almost as individual as friends.
Taken from Theodore Roosevelt's 1910 autobiography.
December 9, 2018
I am mad as a wet hen, and I know that you will pardon my democratic soul for wishing the royalties would be a trifle more considerate.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote these words to Arthur Lee on April 13, 1910, after an exhaustive six week itinerary across Europe.
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