No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community.
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. Theodore Roosevel
The performance of duty, and not an indulgence in vapid ease and vapid pleasure, is all that makes life worth while.
There never has been devised, and there never will be devised, any law which will enable a man to succeed save by the exercise of those qualities which have always been the prerequisites of success - the qualities of hard work, of keen intelligence, of unflinching will.
The chief factor in any man's success or failure must be his own character.
It may be that at some time in the dim future of the race the need for war will vanish: but that time is yet ages distant. As yet no nation can hold its place in the world, or can do any work really worth doing, unless it stands ready to guard its right with an armed hand.
If elected, I shall see to it that every man has a square deal, no less and no more.
I hate a man who skins the land.
When money comes in at the gate, sport flies out at the window.
Believe you can do it and you are halfway there
Americanism is a question of spirit, of conviction and purpose, not creed or birthplaces. The test of our worth is the service we render.
It may be that 'the voice of the people is the voice of God' in fifty one cases out of a hundred, but in the remaining forty nine it is quite as likely to be the voice of the devil, of, what is still worse, the voice of a fool.
I wish that all Americans would realize that American politics is world politics.
It is a bad thing for a nation to raise and to admire a false standard of success; and there can be no falser standard than that set by the deification of material well-being in and for itself.
Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. Theodore Roosevel
I am rather more apt to read old books than new ones.
Such an experiment without actual conditions of war to support it is a foolish waste of time. . . . I once saw a man kill a lion with a 30-30 caliber rifle under certain conditions, but that doesn't mean that a 30-30 rifle is a lion gun.
I believe in corporations. They are indispensable instruments of our modern civilization. But I believe they should be so regulated that they shall act for the interests of the community as a whole.
Courage is not having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don't have the strength. Industry and determination can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many things that they cannot.
No man can lead a public career really worth leading, no man can act with rugged independence in serious crises, nor strike at great abuses, nor afford to make powerful and unscrupulous foes, if he is himself vulnerable in his private character.
Alone of human beings the good and wise mother stands on a plane of equal honor with the bravest soldier; for she has gladly gone down to the brink of the chasm of darkness to bring back the children in whose hands rests the future of the years.
There are dreadful moments when death comes very near those we love, even if for the time being it passes by. But life is a great adventure, and the worst of all fears is the fear of living.
Never, never, you must never either of you remind a man at work on a political job that he may be President.
We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal.
Nowhere, not at sea, does a man feel more lonely than when riding over the far-reaching, seemingly never-ending plains...
Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. Theodore Roose
There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.
I ask of each Mason, of each member, of each brother, that he shall remember ever that there is upon him a peculiar obligation to show himself in every respect a good citizen; for after all, the way he can best do his duty by the ancient order to which he belongs is by reflecting credit upon that or