One of the fundamental necessities in a representative government such as ours is to make certain that the men to whom the people delegate their power shall serve the people by whom they are elected, and not the special interests. I believe that every national officer, elected or appointed, should be forbidden to perform any service or receive any compensation, directly or indirectly, from interstate corporations; and a similar provision could not fail to be useful within the States.

-Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt

Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.

Theodore Roosevelt
Much of the discussion about socialism and individualism is entirely pointless, because of failure to agree on terminology.
Theodore Roosevelt

The extermination of the buffalo has been a veritable tragedy of the animal world.

Theodore Roosevelt
I do not in the least object to a sport because it is rough.
Theodore Roosevelt

If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble, and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power.

Theodore Roosevelt
I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened.
Theodore Roosevelt

No greater wrong can ever be done than to put a good man at the mercy of a bad, while telling him not to defend himself or his fellows; in no way can the success of evil be made surer or quicker.

Theodore Roosevelt
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
Theodore Roosevelt

I am simply unable to understand the value placed by so many people upon great wealth.

Theodore Roosevelt
The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist.