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 February 17, 2019:

The country has stood a great dealing the past and can stand a great deal more in the future.
Excerpt from a letter to Anna Roosevelt dated June 8, 1884.

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February 16, 2019
Each of us who reads the Gettysburg speech or the second inaugural address of the greatest American of the nineteenth century, or who studies the long campaigns and lofty statesmanship of that other American who was even greater, cannot but feel within him that lift toward things higher and nobler which can never be bestowed by the enjoyment of mere material prosperity.
Excerpt of an article Theodore Roosevelt penned about the leadership of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in 1895 titled, "American Ideals."

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February 15, 2019
My week's railroading in the west put the finishing touch and I am now feeling completely tired out. I hope o have six weeks of practically solid rest before me, for I have worked pretty hard during the last four years.
Excerpt from a letter to Henry Cabot Lodge on July 1, 1899.
February 14, 2019
...for a year and a quarter now I have never (even when hunting) gone to sleep or waked up without thinking of her; and I doubt if an hour has passed that I have not thought of her.
Diary entry from February 13, 1880 about his future wife, Alice Hathaway Lee.

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February 13, 2019
Well, at a period when the pacifists , the flub dub and the mollycoddle seem to engross the popular approval, it is very comforting to know that there is now and then an American left who has not lost the virile virtues.
Theodore Roosevelt writes to John Pierpont Morgan, Jr. on July 6, 1915 after the recent bombing of the capitol building and attack upon Morgan and his wife by anarchist and spy Eric Muenter.
February 12, 2019
Gifford Pinchot is a dear, but he is a fanatic, with an element of hardness and narrowness in his temperament, and an extremist.
Theodore Roosevelt talks politics with his son Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., in an August 22, 1911 letter.
February 11, 2019
All of this is so obvious that it ought not be necessary to dwell upon it. But our people are shortsighted and have short memories.
Excerpt from a letter to Philander C. Knox from February 8, 1909, about Roosevelt's concerns about the situation in Japan, an increase of Japanese immigrants, and building naval power. Roosevelt is worried the public has a short term memory and forgets about the dangers ahead "the moment everything is smooth."
February 10, 2019
I am not very sure when you will get this; the postman is a wild savage who runs stark naked with the mail.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote to his friend Henry Cabot Lodge from his African safari in January of 1910 warning him mail may be sporadic.
February 9, 2019
American boyhood should be resourceful and inventive so that the American man of the future may be ever ready to help in the hour of the nation's need.
Excerpt from a letter to James E. West from February 10, 1911.
February 8, 2019
You would be amused to see me, in my sombrero hat, fringed and beaded buckskin shirt, horse hide chaparajos or riding trousers, and cowhide boots, with braided bridle and silver spurs.
Excerpt from a letter to Henry Cabot Lodge on August 12, 1884.
February 7, 2019
It must be distinctly understood that under no circumstances will you quote me. What I say must be said over my own signature and not second hand.
Theodore Roosevelt wrote these words to James Thornton in 1915 to make sure that Thornton knew that if he were to visit Sagamore Hill, anything discussed would remain confidential and not be printed.

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