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

The labor unions shall have a square deal, and the corporations shall have a square deal, and in addition, all private citizens shall have a square deal.

Theodore Roosevelt
All that the law can do is to shape things so that no injustice shall be done by one to the other, and that each man shall be given the first chance to show the stuff that is in him.
Theodore Roosevelt

From time to time, little men will find fault with what you have done...but they will go down the stream like bubbles, they will vanish. But the work you have done will remain for the ages.

Theodore Roosevelt
Make preparations in advance ... you never have trouble if you are prepared for it.
Theodore Roosevelt

The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.

Theodore Roosevelt
To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.
Theodore Roosevelt

Avoid the base hypocrisy of condemning in one man what you pass over in silence when committed by another.

Theodore Roosevelt
Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.
Theodore Roosevelt

I feel as fit as a bull moose.

Theodore Roosevelt
I am far from underestimating the importance of dividends, but I rank dividends below human character.