Theodore Roosevelt

(1858-1919 / Manhattan, New York City, New York)

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

  • ''A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, June 4, 1903, Springfield, Illinois. Addresses and Presidential Messages (1904).
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  • ''Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Kansas City Star (April 27, 1918).
  • ''There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, July 19, 1918, State Republican Party Convention, Saratoga, New York. Roosevelt Policy, vol. 3 (1919). Roosevelt had earlier drawn attention to "hyphenated Americans" in a speech, Oct. 12, 1915: "Americanism is a matter of the spirit and the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States."
  • ''I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, April 10, 1899, Chicago. The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches, ed. Brian MacArthur (1992). Roosevelt devoted much of his life to "strenuous" pursuits, building up a slender frame by vigorous exercise, and enduring extreme conditions as rancher and soldier.
  • ''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 Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, April 14, 1906, Washington, D.C.. The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches, ed. Brian MacArthur (1992). The "Man with the Muck-rake" is a character in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
  • ''Speak softly and carry a big stick.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, April 2, 1903, Chicago. The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, vol. 13. A favorite adage, referring to military preparation and the Monroe Doctrine.
  • ''The American people abhor a vacuum.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. speech, Oct. 3, 1907, Cairo, Ill.
  • ''Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Labor Day speech, Sept. 7, 1903, Syracuse, New York.
  • ''We are fighting in the quarrel of civilization against barbarism, of liberty against tyranny. Germany has become a menace to the whole world. She is the most dangerous enemy of liberty now existing.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, April 1917, Oyster Bay, Long Island. Roosevelt added: "The man who does not think it was America's duty to fight for her own sake in view of the infamous conduct of Germany toward us stands on a level with a man who wouldn't think it necessary to fight in a private quarrel because his wife's face was slapped."
  • ''Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. speech, Aug. 23, 1902, Providence, R.I.......

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