I dream of men who take the next step instead of worrying about the next thousand steps.
Conservation and rural-life policies are really two sides of the same policy; and down at the bottom this policy rests upon the fundamental law that neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily given for the future.
I am rather more apt to read old books than new ones.
We do not admire a man of timid peace.
Silent strength is the quality of all good men and most mummies.
A typical vice of American politics the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues, and the announcement of radical policies with much sound and fury, and at the same time with a cautious accompaniment of weasel phrases each of which sucks the meat out of the preceding statement.
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. Theodore Roose
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage.
A really great people, proud and high spirited, would face all the disasters of war rather than purchase that base prosperity which is bought at the price of national honor.
McKinley shows all the background of a chocolate eclair.
The important thing is this: that, under such government recognition as we may give to that which is beneficent and wholesome in large business organizations, we shall be most vigilant never to allow them to crystallize into a condition which shall make private initiative difficult. It is of the utm
[Among the books he chooses, a statesman] ought to read interesting books on history and government, and books of science and philosophy; and really good books on these subjects are as enthralling as any fiction ever written in prose or verse.
I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.
A nation that still needs to distinguish between stealing an election, and stealing a new pair of shoes, is not completely civilized yet.
Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. Theodore Roosevelt
The best lesson that any people can learn is that there is no patent cure-all which will make the body politic perfect, and that any man who is able glibly to answer every question as to how to deal with the evils of the body politic is at best a foolish visionary and at worst an evil-minded quack.
In the great battle of life, no brilliancy of intellect, no perfection of bodily development, will count when weighed in the balance against the assemblage of virtues, active and passive, of moral qualities which we group together under the name of character.
I would a great deal rather be anything, say professor of history, than vice president.
No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
It pays no matter what comes after it, to try and do things, to accomplish things in this life and not merely to have a soft and pleasant time.
Rough board shelves hold a number of books, without which some of the evenings would be long indeed.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly; who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. Theodore Roose
I have now run up against an ugly snag, the Sunday Excise Law. It is altogether too strict, but I have no honorable alternative save to enforce it and I am enforcing it, to the furious rage of the saloon keepers, and of many good people too; for which I am sorry.
Of all the officers of the Government, those of the Department of Justice should be kept most free from any suspicion of improper action on partisan or factional grounds, so that there shall be gradually a growth, even though a slow growth, in the knowledge that the Federal courts and the representa
Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
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.
What a man does for himself, dies with him. What a man does for his community lives long after he's gone.