There is a curse on this house.Theodore RooseveltTheodore repeating what his brother, Elliot Roosevelt, said when Theodore reached his home in New York City to find both mother and wife dying on the evening of 13 February 1884; in this same house their father had also died from stomach cancer on 9 February 1878, at the age of 46.
To sit home, read one's favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men's doing.Theodore RooseveltThe Higher Life of American Cities in The Outlook (p. 1083 - 1085) from 21 December 1895
To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.Theodore RooseveltSeventh State of the Union (3 December 1907).
The mechanism of modern business is so delicate that extreme care must be taken not to interfere with it in a spirit of rashness or ignorance.Theodore RooseveltFirst Annual Message to Congress (1901).
The men with the muck-rakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.Theodore Roosevelt1906 House of Representatives,14 Apr.
Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one.Theodore RooseveltLetter to Cecil Spring-Rice (12 March 1900).
I'm as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.Theodore RooseveltLetter to Mark Hannah (27 June 1900).
There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing.Theodore RooseveltLetter, Oyster Bay, NY, September 1, 1903
No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.Theodore RooseveltThird State of the Union Address (7 December 1903).
In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily, and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run identical; but when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper hand, for property belongs to man and not man to property.Theodore RooseveltCitizenship in a Republic, a speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, France (23 April 1910).
I don't think any President ever enjoyed himself more than I did. Moreover, I don't think any ex-President ever enjoyed himself more.Theodore RooseveltUniversity of Cambridge, England, May 26, 1910
Conservation and rural-life policies are really two sides of the same policy; and down at bottom this policy rests upon the fundamental law that neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for the future.Theodore Roosevelt"Rural Life", in The Outlook (August 27, 1910), republished in American Problems (vol. 16 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed., 1926), chapter 20, p. 146.
Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammals not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening. Many leading men, Americans and Canadians, are doing all they can for the Conservation movement.Theodore Roosevelt"Our Vanishing Wildlife", in The Outlook (January 25, 1913); republished in Literary Essays (vol. 12 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed., 1926), chapter 46, p. 420.
We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with "the money touch," but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.Theodore RooseveltLetter to Sir Edward Grey (15 September 1913).
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.Theodore RooseveltChapter V Applied Idealism
It is particularly important that all moneys received or expended for campaign purposes should be publicly accounted for, not only after election, but before election as well. Political action must be made simpler, easier, and freer from confusion for every citizen.Theodore RooseveltIn a speech at Osawatomie, Kansas (31 August 1910), published in The New Nationalism (1910)
A union of indomitable resolution in the achievement of a given purpose, with patience and moderation in the policy pursued, and with kindly charity and consideration and friendliness to those of opposite belief , marks the very spirit in which we of to-day should approach the pressing problems of the present .Theodore RooseveltIn "The Progressives, Past and Present" in: The Outlook, Vol. 96, No. 1 (3 September 1910)
A revolution is sometimes necessary, but if revolutions become habitual the country in which they take place is going down-hillTheodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses, (1910)
Unjust war is to be abhorred; but woe to the nation that does not make ready to hold its own in time of need against all who would harm it! And woe thrice over to the nation in which the average man loses the fighting edge, loses the power to serve as a soldier if the day of need should arise!Theodore RooseveltSpeech at the University of Berlin, May. 12, 1910.
[A] physician of wealth and high standing had seduced a girl and then induced her to commit abortion-I rather lost my temper, and wrote to the individuals who had asked for the pardon, saying that I extremely regretted that it was not in my power to increase the sentence.Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography, 305 (1913).
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