Theodore Roosevelt

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

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

  • ''People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, October 24, 1910, Binghamton, New York.
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  • ''I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. speech, Sept. 8, 1902, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • ''It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, August 23, 1902, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • ''It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. speech, Oct. 14, 1912, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • ''The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any- price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. letter (Jan. 10, 1917).
  • ''No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Acceptance speech, June 22, 1912, Chicago, Illinois, upon his nomination for president on an independent ticket.
  • ''The government is us; we are the government, you and I.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. speech, Sept. 9, 1902, Asheville, N.C..
  • ''I want to see you shoot the way you shout.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Address, October 1917, Madison Square Garden, New York.
  • ''Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. speech, Sept. 30, 1917, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
  • ''The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.''
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. speech, Sept. 6, 1918, delivered in New York City. On the anniversary of the first Battle of the Marne.

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